Breaks the 300 mile per hour (483 kilometer per hour) barrier at Bonneville.
NHRA Pro Stock racer Valerie Thompson has earned the title of world’s fastest female motorcycle racer.
She picked up the accolade on September 1 at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. Piloting the “7” Streamliner designed by Denis Manning, her average speed was 304 miles per hour (489 kilometres per hour).
After three mandatory license-qualification runs, Thompson scorched the salt with two memorable runs over 294 and 304 mph (489 km/h). Thompson’s highest exit speed exceeded 313 mph (503.7 km/h), earning her the Top Speed of the Event Award and new title as the World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.
“I’ve dreamed about this since I first started racing. This never would have happened without Denis Manning and team owners, John Jans and Joe Harralson. I can’t thank them and the entire Team “7” Racing crew members enough for all their hard work during the competition,” said an enthusiastic Thompson.
The four-day Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials is the premiere motorcycle land speed-racing event in North America. The AMA- and FIM-sanctioned event offers national and world speed record opportunities. Event organizers honoured Thompson and Team “7” Racing with the “Top Speed of the Event Award” while celebrating her new title.
“Valerie has quickly adjusted from racing a conventional motorcycle to driving a streamliner with twice the horsepower. She is a natural racer. More importantly, she reached our goal of exceeding 300 mph (483 kph) on the three-mile short course vs. the five-mile run-up streamliners normally require to reach top speed,” said Manning.
Thompson is an independent team owner/driver, fielding a record-setting BMW S 1000 RR land speed racing bike with plans to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2017. In addition to seven land speed records, she is a lifetime member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs, including the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club and first female member of the Colorado Mile.