Three new FIM Land Speed World Records and one more kilometer record were set today on Day 3 at the 2019 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST). Track conditions are continuing to improve on the salt, which has elevated speeds even more, allowing our two World Record setters from Day 2, Erin Sills and Corey Bertelsen, to elevate their speeds. New class records were also set by Jim Cole and Hideki Kusunoki.
Corey Bertelsen of New Zealand got things started with a qualifying run aboard his Suzuki GSXR750, and backed it up for a new FIM Land Speed World Record of 166.038 mph (267.213 km/h), one mile per hour quicker than his record yesterday.
Jim Cole is still reaching for the 209 mph (337 km/h) record in his class, and came close with a qualifying run, and a strong return run, but came up a few miles per hour short of the record. Cole did, however, come upon the kilometer record, which was an open record for the class.
Erin Sills made a remarkable run aboard “Snoopy,” her nitrous-powered BMW S1000RR, followed by an even stronger return run for a new FIM Land Speed World Record of 232.673 mph (374.451 km/h), upping her own record of 229 mph (369 km/h). The entire Hunter Sills Racing team is having a great week so far, and they are not finished yet. They are chipping away at another class record aboard “Woodstock,” a naturally aspirated BMW S1000RR, and getting closer each day.
Hideki Kusunoki was another racer with an impressive performance today, reaching a speed average of 185.788 mph (298.998 km/h) for a new FIM Land Speed World Record aboard his Harley-Davidson FXD in the partially streamlined naturally aspirated 2000cc class. Kusunoki is happy to have set the mark, but still has his eye on 200 mph (321 km/h) before the meet is over.
Al Lamb posted a big number today with a morning run of 230 mph (370 km/h) aboard “Big Red,” his turbocharged partially streamlined Honda CBR1000RR, but parked the motorcycle for the day shortly after. Al plans to head back out in the morning to take advantage of the cool morning air for another run, hoping for speeds closer to 250 mph (402 km/h). In Lamb’s Dallas Honda pits, the excitement grew with the arrival of Mikey Rush. The American Flat Track racer arrived for his first-ever Bonneville experience, and took to the salt quite naturally. Rush was simply looking to get comfortable on the Honda CBR1000RR SP2, and did two runs in the 180-mph range (290 km/h). He will be looking to make a serious attempt on Wednesday morning alongside Lamb.
Along with the big records, a small one was nearly reached for Milo Keller aboard his 50cc Honda Monkey. Keller was halfway there with a successful down run (during which he almost ran out of fuel), and was poised to make his return run, but the little Monkey would not start. Keller was heartbroken to have to push the Monkey back to the pits without a record, but he will try again tomorrow (Wednesday).
Text and photos by Jean Turner