Motorcycle speed record set at Bonneville Salt Flats

Every year thrill seekers visit the Bonneville Salt Flats to achieve new goals and speeds that had not been reached before.  The challenge is daunting, but our friend Valerie Thompson and the team / owners of the famous Denis Manning designed “7” Racing streamliner have sent a new benchmark in speed achieving 304 mph during their trials.  Congratulations Valerie, and team that is a monstrous achievement. 





Bonneville Salt Flats – Valerie Thompson Records 304 mph run


VALERIE THOMPSON SHATTERS 300 MPH AT BONNEVILLE — to become “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.”

Seven-time land speed record holder named world’s fastest female motorcycle racer with award-winning top speed of 304 mph at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials

Valerie Thompson earned the title of world’s fastest female motorcycle racer on September 1 at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials with a blistering one measured mile average speed of 304 mph (489.66 km/h) riding the famous Denis Manning designed “7” Racing streamliner.

After three mandatory license qualification runs, Thompson scorched the salt with two memorable runs over 294 and 304 mph. Thompson’s highest exit speed exceeded 313 mph, earning her the Top Speed of the Event Award and new title as the World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.



Bonneville Salt Flats – Team 7 streamliner Records 304 mph run

“I’ve dreamed about this since I first started racing. Thank you (Bandit) for suggesting me to Denis – I’ve always wanted to ride his streamliner,” said Valerie. “This never would have happened without Denis Manning and team owners, John Jans and Joe Harralson. I can’t thank them and the entire “7” Racing crew members enough for all their hard work during the competition.”

“Joe Harralson and I couldn’t be happier with these results. Valerie has the talent and drive to be the fastest motorcyclist in the world … period,” says John Jans, team owner of “7” Racing.

The four-day Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials is the premier motorcycle land speed-racing event of North America. The AMA and FIM sanctioned event offers national and world speed record opportunities. Event organizers honored 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 on the 3-mile short course vs. the 5-mile run-up streamliners normally require to reach top speed,” stated bike designer Manning. “Our goal is creating history by making “7” the fastest motorcycle in the world again. Valerie achieved our objective of going faster with less track, I can’t ask for more than that from any driver,” added Manning.

“It’s very different cause our body helps where the bike goes – in the streamliner its all in the vision and hand controls since I’m strapped in there so tight,” said Valerie. “Also you cannot feel how fast your going like on a bike, but I’m loving every moment… Denis and John are great teachers and have taught me well…still learning!”



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