Motorcyclist dies in speed attempt

The Associated Press reported that race officials said that Warner, who lived in Wimauma, Fla., was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control of his motorcycle during "The Maine Event," a racing competition hosted by the Loring Timing Association. Warner lost control while trying to set a new speed record of 300 mph within a one mile distance, who had been a long time racer and was the first man ever to go 300 mph on a sit-up (standard seating position) motorcycle. 

In 2011 he was clocked at 311 mph over 1.5 miles. Witnesses told a WCSH-TV reporter, who attended the event, that Warner was thrown about 40 feet in the air before he landed.  The crash took place around 9:45 a.m. Warner died later at the hospital.

"Land speed records are a dream of many, an obsession of some, and reality for a determined few. It is a quiet pursuit made by quiet men in garages on late nights and endless weekends," the Loring Timing Association says on its website.

Source: AP