Motorcycle racer Valerie Thompson sets new 200+ mph land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats World of Speed competition
Seven-time motorcycle land speed record holder earns her Red Hat with a 208 mph run to become one of the newest members of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club
Photo by Horst Rosler
(Scottsdale, AZ) – September 12, 2014 – Motorcycle racer and team owner, Valerie Thompson, set her 7th land speed record on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s28th Annual World of Speed event September 6 -9 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover Utah.
Thompson has been in Utah for a month to compete in the three most prestigious land speed racing events held at the famed Salt Flats, including Speed Week, the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials and World of Speed. Speed Week was canceled due to heavy rains. Weather and track conditions during the Motorcycle Speed Trials prevented Thompson from setting a new record despite making a strong 203.77 mph pass.
Thompson’s patience paid off during the World of Speed event where her BMW Double R was fast right out of the trailer. Six out of eight of Thompson’s passes were over 200 mph. On her last run of the event, Thompson enjoyed her best speed on the salt with a first pass at 209.85 mph and a return run of 207.71 mph, setting a new MPS-G 1000 record at 208.81 mph. The new record earned Thompson life- time membership in the prestigious Red Hat Club, recognizing her 200+ mph performance.
“I've wanted the 200 MPH Club Red Hat since I started racing on the salt, so it’s an awesome achievement for me. I can't thank my team enough for their outstanding fight to the end. Ray Garcia did an incredible job of making all the right calls on the bike’s set up. Now I can focus on setting more records and going faster with the Red Hat,” added an ecstatic Thompson.
According to USFRA secretary, Ellen Wilkinson, more than 150 teams pre-registered for the event, which was cancelled last year due to rain. This was my first time racing at an USFRA sanctioned event and I was very impressed. Everything went smooth and we got a lot of runs in. I can’t wait to come back next year,” said Thompson.
After a month in Utah, Thompson will return to her home in Arizona for a three-day special appearance at Johnson’s Material Supply in Mesa for Drumcutters Demo Days, where she will go from breaking records to breaking rock with a heavy-duty CAT excavator demonstration.