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PRI: Valerie Thompson at CTEK Booth


BUB Land Speed Record Holder

Hot off her personal best performance of 201mph at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, Valerie Thompson will be at the CTEK booth at the PRI Show (Performance Racing Industry) in Orlando, Florida, today and Friday (Dec. 1 and 2).

Thompson set the BMW Top Speed at Bonneville this past summer during the 8th Annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. Thompson piloted an Alter/Bivins Land Speed Racing Team-prepared BMW S 1000RR Superbike.

While not an absolute record, her top speed exceeded all other BMW’s competing at the event. Teammate Kerry Alter, co-owner of the Alter/Bivins team, set three new land speed records piloting an Aprila and BMW Superbike.

Thompson’s BMW was sponsored by CTEK, makers of the smartest battery chargers in the world, Troon Enterprises, Hawthorne CAT (San Diego. CA), Swisstrax, Beaver Stripes & Molding, Stand Up Photos and Motel 6.

Her two top runs were 199 and 201.01 mph.

Valerie Thompson says: “While we wanted to set a new record with the BMW in the FIM 1000cc class, we did reach a team goal of exceeding 200 mph. This is my fifth year competing in the BUB Speed Trials and I exceeded my former best speed by more than 35 mph. Our team accomplished the majority of the goals we set for this event.”

Kerry Alter says: “Valerie did an excellent job of driving given the weather conditions. We are proud of her performance considering all her competition ran her a couple of weeks prior to this event, gaining even more course knowledge than we had.”

The Alter/Bivins team has established 11 motorcycle land speed records over the last five years.

Over 300 racers attempt to establish new motorcycle land speed records each year, yet less than 10% set records, signifying the difficulty of this endeavor.

Thompson will be at the CTEK PRI booth (#1954) for autographs and picture Thursday and Friday.

Valerie Thompson says: “I want to thank all my Bonneville sponsors for an amazing year at the Salt Flats! We are looking forward to another successful year in 2012.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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