William W. "Bill" Warner (February 11, 1969 – July 14, 2013) was an American motorcycle racer who set the land speed record on a conventional motorcycle in 2011. He died while racing his motorcycle in 2013.
Warner was born in Little Falls, New York. He studied marine biology and chemistry at the University of Tampa. Warner was a tropical fish farmer in Wimauma, Florida.〔 On July 17, 2011, riding a highly modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa, Warner set a new world motorcycle land speed record of from a standing start to 1.5 miles at the Loring Timing Association's Land Speed Race, held at the Loring Commerce Centre (the former Loring Air Force Base) in Limestone, Maine.〔
Bill Warner began land speed racing his unfaired normally-aspirated Yamaha V-max in 2007, on which he entered the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) 200 mph club that year.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=East Coast Timing Association )〕 He purchased an unfaired turbo Suzuki Hayabusa in 2008, and quickly set the fastest unfaired ("naked") motorcycle records in land speed racing, eventually reaching 255 mph in 2010 at the Texas Mile. Later in 2010, Warner built, with the consultation of accomplished Bonneville motorcycle racer Larry Forstall, a set of Modified-class fiberglass bodywork for his Hayabusa. With this bodywork, sponsor and managerial support from Walt Kudron, he set the track record on the standing mile at the ECTA sanction in Maxton, NC, going 272 mph. He also holds track records at the Texas Mile at Goliad (278 mph), Loring (311 mph) and Mojave (274.8 mph) land speed sanctions.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Mojave Mile )〕
After going 278 mph in a mile on a Modified-class land speed motorcycle, Warner began building a new, Altered-class chassis, engine, and bodywork in order to attempt to break the 300 mph barrier on a conventional (rider-exposed) motorcycle. This undertaking was supported by many industry and personal sponsors, and absorbed all of Warner's time and energy. After breaking 300 on his first attempt in 2011 (with 11 mph to spare) on a 1,5 mile track, Warner sought to break 300 mph in a single mile, after which he planned to retire from ultimate land speed racing, auction his racing motorcycle, and manage his own standing-mile land speed event in Houston, Texas.
On July 14, 2013, while attempting to break 300 mph in a single mile at the Loring Timing Association land speed meet, Warner lost control of his motorcycle at . His motorcycle veered off the course and struck a 6" concrete landing light pedestal and he was thrown a great distance. Warner was conscious after the crash, but was pronounced dead at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine. He had achieved 296 mph in a mile at the event, in less than optimal conditions. The cause of the accident is unclear, though investigators suspect mechanical or tire failure. He was survived by his parents, brother and sister.〔〔
== External links ==
* (【引用サイトリンク】title=William Warner Obituary - Little Falls, New York )
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