Motorcyclist talks moments before killed in crash

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Monday, July 15, 2013 - 12:42pm

A crash has killed a Florida man who set the world record for the fastest speed on a motorcycle two years ago. It happened over the weekend during a speed trail in Maine, Bill Green spoke with Warner just minutes before the crash.

This is what Warner looked like on an earlier run this morning, his speed of 296 mile hour was well under his record.

Prior to his last run, he and his crew were worried about the gentle, but increasing winds, we spoke to him just ten minutes before his crash, "The bike that I have has a tremendous amount of power. So by getting the 300 we just can't turn up the power. We're actually turning it down to try and get the bike to settle down and now after we've turned it down enough that I can handle it, just turn it up a little bit at a time and we've gotten a 296. So we've got a little bit more to go, but hopefully we can keep it on the ground."

As he came to the line for the last time, he had the respect of the fans in the stands. He had been seriously injured in an accident in Texas a year ago, but he came back to time trials which added to his reputation as a well conditioned and tough competitor.

Experienced racers suspected mechanical difficulties on Warner's last run. He was going 287 at the mile marker when his bike suddenly veered hard to the right and went off the runway.

Witnesses said he was launched 40 feet into the air and 100 yards down the track. Earlier, he had told me what's it like when things go wrong at such high speeds.

What's that like at 290? In a wheelie, it's really scary. If 290 and everything's planted, it's very fun.

Warner was conscious and talking as he was taken to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead at Carey Medical Center at 11:15, which was about an hour after his fateful run.

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