Valerie Thompson & Red HatWhy We Ride star Valerie Thompson has a lot of land speed records under her belt, but perhaps none more exciting than her newest achievement on the salt. Valerie set her 7th land speed record on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s 28th Annual World of Speed event, held September 6-9 at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

After several canceled or postponed speed trial events due to heavy rain, Thompson finally got a chance to take her bike out for some attempts. Six of her eight passes broke the 200 mph mark, but it was her last run of the event that sealed the deal. Valerie set a personal best on her first pass, reaching 209.85 mph with a return trip mark of 207.71, setting a new MPS-G 1000 record at 208.81 mph. The new record earned Thompson a lifetime membership in the prestigious Red Hat Club, recognizing her 200+ mph performance.

“I’ve wanted the 200 MPH Club Red Hat since I started racing on the salt, so it’s an awesome achievement for me,” Thompson said. “I can’t thank my team enough for their outstanding fight to the end. Ray Garcia did an incredible job of making all the right calls on the bike’s set up. Now I can focus on setting more records and going faster with the Red Hat.”

Valerie hangs up her red hat in favor of her Schuberth helmet as she gets some time in on a CAT excavator.

Valerie hangs up her red hat in favor of her Schuberth helmet as she gets some time in on a CAT excavator.

A huge congratulations to Valerie from all of us here at Why We Ride. We know she will continue to inspire us with every new record she sets!

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