World’s fastest woman mo­tor­cy­cle record holder sur­vives 343mph crash

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Women’s mo­tor­cy­cle land speed world record holder Va­lerie Thomp­son sur­vived a hor­ror crash in Aus­tralia last month when her stream­lined bike crashed at 343mph.

Thomp­son was go­ing for the over­all two-wheel record of 376mph dur­ing the World Speed Tri­als on Lake Gaird­ner when some­thing went wrong dur­ing her run and the bike fell onto its side, dig­ging a deep trench into the salt flats and spread­ing wreck­age over a mile.

A pre­lim­i­nary re­port from the Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Mo­to­cy­clisme, the sanc­tion­ing body for the event, said that the rear of Thomp­son’s ‘Bub 7’ mo­tor­cy­cle came off the ground be­fore its para­chutes brought it to a stop. Thomp­son walked away from the ac­ci­dent and told Fox News that she’s fine and on the way back to Scotts­dale, Arizona, where she’ll go over the data and in-bike video to try to de­ter­mine what hap­pened.

“Bike is not in good shape but I’m do­ing okay,” she said. Thomp­son will get checked for a con­cus­sion when she gets home.

“I told my hus­band, if I start get­ting strangely sweet on you, you’ll know some­thing’s wrong!”

The good news is that while she was shak­ing down the bike dur­ing the Dry Lakes Rac­ers Aus­tralia Speed Week event in the days be­fore the World Speed Tri­als, she broke her 304mph women’s record at 328mph.

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