A Florida motorcycle racer attempting to top 300 mph lost control and died in a fatal motorcycle accident at an annual speed trial event in Maine, according to CBS News. The motorcyclist, Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Florida, was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control. Warner was participating in The Maine Event, an annual race held on a runway at the former Loring Air Force Base, at the time of his wreck. According to the Bangor Daily News, racers are instructed to veer off to the right if they are injured or their vehicle is on fire and a witness said he saw Warner do just that before his crash.
“He got maybe 4,000 feet or so, and where I was standing at the starting line, you could see a big dust cloud and then it got silent,” Cole Theriault told the Bangor Daily News. “The bike, from what I hear, was demolished, just in pieces. After a minute, all you could hear was the sirens.”
In 2011, Warner had hit 311 mph on this same course using only 1.5 miles of pavement. At the time of his wreck, he was attempting to repeat the feat but using only one mile of pavement this time around. This wasn’t Warner’s first motorcycle wreck. He had suffered a wreck in 2011 at the Texas Mile while going 110 mph, which left him with a broken scapula, four broken ribs, a punctured lung, severe tissue damage and other injuries.
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