The motorcycle racer Ralph Hudson has died at the age of 69 as a result of the serious accident that he suffered on August 14 in the salty desert of Bonneville, and Utah.
The veteran trainer and pilot crashed while riding his motorcycle ready Ironwood Racing, at an estimated speed of 252 mph, unos 405 km/h, in an attempt to break the speed record on a mount of its characteristics (standard bike with limited evolutions and removable fairing).
Hudson had achieved his certain fame in recent years, when he embarked on the adventure of building a motorcycle that he had on his property and searching for straight speed records. To do this he moved to various deserts around the world, such as the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia, which is considered one of the hardest but at the same time more conducive to making this type of records.
His goal was to reach the mark of the 300 mph speed, 482 km / h, something that he claimed to have achieved in rehearsals but that needed official confirmation.
With that challenge he went to Bonneville, a place where they have traditionally been marked many of the historic top speeds certified by the International Motorcycle Federation, but a fatal accident ended his life. Members of the Ironwood Racing team and his family confirmed his death this Sunday, after several weeks in critical condition.
“We appreciate all of your kind words, prayers and support during these difficult times. Ralph would like everyone to stay strong and keep going fast,” the family statement reads.