Three-time motorcycle land speed record holder, Valerie Thompson, set a new land speed record on her BMW S1000RR in the PP-1000 Production motorcycle class, when she posted a top speed of 197.46 mph (315.936 km/h) at the East Coast Timing Association’s (ECTA) Ohio Mile event on July 8 at Airborne Park in Wilmington, Ohio. The prior record of 190.71 mph was recorded during the first Ohio Mile event held in June at the same facility.
Valerie Thompson’s Martech Services Company-sponsored RR Superbike is reportedly the fastest production land speed BMW motorcycle after recently recording a top speed of 209.5 mph on a 1.5-mile course at the Mojave Magnum back in June.
“We experienced a lot of ‘firsts’ for our team this weekend,” said Thompson. “This was the first time competing in the Ohio Mile, the first time to race in an ECTA sanctioned event, and it’s also my first record on a BMW, which is a real step up from the Harleys I’ve raced in the past. This is only our second event of the year with the new bike and it’s really responding to our tune-ups. We are looking forward to competing in more ECTA events.”
A busy schedule of events means that life is showing no plans of slowing down for Valerie. Her plans are to race at the Bonneville Salt Flats during Speedweek on August 9-17, the BUB Speed Trails on August 25-31 and the World of Speed event from September 8-11. Valerie’s goal is to break the current production record of 197mph and become the fastest production BMW S1000RR bike at the salt flats.
As well as her motorcycle speed record attempts, Valerie has also been selected to pilot the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, designed to eclipse the 512 mph (819 km/h) world land speed record set by Kitty O’Neil in 1976. If successful, Thompson will be crowned the ‘World’s Fastest Female’.