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.