‘Fastest woman on two wheels’ survives ‘stunning wreck’ during day three of the World Speed Trials in Australia.
We were hoping to see an all-time FIM World Record being recorded from the American speed-queen and her 500 hp, 3000 cc, dual overhead cam, 4 valve, turbocharged V4 motorcycle, but reports from the Dry Lake Australia Facebook pages describe a ‘stunning wreck’ instead.
Conditions were said to be ideal as the Team 7 Racing crew began their attempt at a 400 mph record, but once Thompson had passed the four mile marker – at a speed of 299 mph – onlookers are reported to have described the rear-end of the 21 foot-long streamliner raising into the air before the parachutes deployed, helping to stabilise the crash.
Wreckage of the crash is said to have been strewn across the course for nearly a mile.
Thankfully Valerie Thompson was seen walking away from the accident with only minor injuries reported.