More land speed records for Bertelsen
Corey Bertelsen of Muriwai has raced into the same league as the World's Fastest Indian.
The motorcyclist has broken two world land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
His victory in the 250cc sidecar motorcycle class follows the speeding tyre tracks of New Zealand motorcycling legend Burt Munro, the subject of the film The World's Fastest Indian.
Munro claimed the title in 1962 in his S-A 1000cc class bike.
Bertelsen has set his own world record at the speedway using modern technology and representing Salt Brothers Racing NZ, based in Waimauku.
The 41-year-old hurtled to a top speed of 133.324mph (214.56kmh) in the 250cc gas world record.
He broke the 250cc fuel world record the next day soaring to 133.305mph (214.53kmh).
"It's really satisfying to get the results we have - especially for those who believed in us," Bertelsen says.
The plumber competed against more than 500 motorcyclists from around the world at the internationally-famed venue.
Thousands of spectators were drawn to the competition on the Utah salt flats.
Just days later Bertelsen went on to break two more records at the American Motorcyclist Association nationals in the United States.
He rode his way to success in the 250cc fuel class with a speed of 145.816mph.
"The old record was 139.436mph which has stood from 2008.
"I was pretty stoked and had a feeling during the run that I had gone fast enough," he says.
The second day he set a new record in the 250cc gas class of 139.949mph.
The other competitors failed to top his record so the bike got a well-deserved rest, he says.
"We spent the remainder of the meet checking out other bikes and mingling with other speed enthusiasts on the salt."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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