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Motorcycle Racer Killed in Runway Crash Trying to Exceed 300 MPH

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Motorcycle racer Bill Warner died while attempting to become the first person to exceed 300 miles per hour (483 kilometers per hour) over a one-mile stretch on a conventional motorcycle. He was 44. Source: Loring Timing Association via Bloomberg

July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Motorcycle racer Bill Warner died while attempting to become the first person to exceed 300 miles per hour (483 kilometers per hour) over one mile on a conventional motorcycle. He was 44.

Warner had reached 296 mph during a previous run before losing control and crashing off a paved runway yesterday at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. Warner was conscious following the accident, though he died at a local hospital about an hour and 15 minutes later, said Tim Kelly, the race director for the land speed competition known as The Maine Event.

Warner in 2011 had reached a world record speed of 311.9 mph over a 1 1/2-mile distance on the same track.

The Loring Timing Association’s race track is the world’s longest asphalt surface available for land-speed record attempts at more than 2.5 miles long, according to the association’s website. The facility was closed as a U.S. Air Force base in 1994.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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