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Motorcyclist dies in 285 mph crash during record attempt

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this 2011 photo provided by the Loring Timing Association the late Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Fla., holds his helmet while sitting on a motorcycle. Officials say Warner, who died Sunday at an annual speed trial event in northern Maine, lost control and crashed while trying to top 300 mph.  Race Director Tim Kelly says Warner was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control. (AP Photo/Loring Timing Association)
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    In this 2011 photo provided by the Loring Timing Association the late Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Fla., holds his helmet while sitting on a motorcycle. Officials say Warner, who died Sunday at an annual speed trial event in northern Maine, lost control and crashed while trying to top 300 mph. Race Director Tim Kelly says Warner was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control. (AP Photo/Loring Timing Association)

LIMESTONE, Maine >> Officials say a Florida motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph died after losing control and crashing at an annual speed trial event in northern Maine.

The Loring Timing Association says 44-year-old Bill Warner of Wimauma, Fla., crashed Sunday during The Maine Event, a race being held on a runway at the former Loring Air Force Base.

Race Director Tim Kelly says Warner was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control. He says Warner was conscious and talking as he was taken from the scene but died later at a hospital.

Warner rode a modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa. He previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement. This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement.

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