Racers from around the world took to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, Aug. 27-Sept. 1 for the 2016 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship in hope of setting national and world records.
Petra Bier who raced a BMW 800 sidecar and set a new national record.
Photo Credit: Hunter Sills Racing
"Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats is the pinnacle of Land Speed racing," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "Not only do competitors race against others in their class for AMA National No. 1 plates, but they compete against world records set before them. Congratulations to the many racers who were successful in securing new records."
The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, is the premier motorcycle Land Speed racing event in the world. This AMA-sanctioned event, which also includes Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme recognition, offers competitors the opportunity to collect AMA national and FIM world records aboard machines from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc streamliners.
The following individuals secured FIM records at the 2016 event:
The below records are tentative, pending AMA and FIM certification. For further clarification on the classifications regarding displacement, frame and engine, see bonnevillespeedtrials.com/rulesclasses.
Class, category, speed at the mile mark (mph), name, make
Non-Streamlined Naturally Aspirated, I.A1.A.I.1.250cc, 94.520, Charles Smith, Bultaco
Non-Streamlined Forced Induction, I.A1.B.I.2.1350cc, 196.096, Loretta Flores, Ducati
Non-Streamlined Forced Induction, I.A1.B.I.3+.1350cc, 216.486, Erin Okonek, Suzuki
Non-Streamlined Forced Induction, I.A1.B.I.3+.1600cc, 208.320, Kerry Alter, Suzuki
Partially Streamlined Forced Induction, I.A1.B.II.3+.600cc, 204.687, Patrick Lessard, Yamaha
Scooter (A2), I.A2.B.I.1.50cc, 54.971, William Conway, Malaguti Scooter
Non-Streamlined Electric Sidecar (B1), I.B1.A.VII.+300kg, 89.113, Kevin Clemens, Baker
Partially Streamlined Electric Sidecar (B1), I.B1.B.VII.+300kg, 108.499, Kevin Clemens, Baker
Streamliner Sidecar (B1), I.B1.C.VII.+300kg, 248.674, Eva Hakansson, HM KillaCycle
Pending AMA certification, the following is a selection of riders who set AMA national records at the 2016 event …
Class, speed (mph), name, make
100-P-PC, 35.949, Jacob Klinedinst, Indian
250-A-CG, 94.525, Charles Smith, Bultaco
350-A-VF, 49.319, David Harto, Cushman
500-APS-PF, 134.651, Cayla Rivas, Buell
500-MPS-PBG, 134.722, Cayla Rivas, Buell
650-A-VG, 83.964, Richard Bargholz, Indian
750-P-PV, 83.691, Stephen Clough, Indian
1000-A-VBG, 118.024, Jason Omer, Harley-Davidson
1350-A-PBF, 156.562, Tom Minde Joergensen, Harley-Davidson
1350-A-PBG, 150.539, Tom Minde Joergensen, Harley-Davidson
1350-A-VF, 146.434, Dave McLachlan, Vincent
1350-A-VG, 141.682, Dave McLachlan, Vincent
1350-APS-PBF, 162.976, Tom Minde Joergensen, Harley-Davidson
1350-APS-PBG, 154.931, Tom Minde Joergensen, Harley-Davidson
1350-APS-VG, 140.668, Ron Leeman, Harley-Davidson
1350-M-CG, 124.762, Skylar Albrecht, Harley-Davidson
1650-A-PG, 171.251, Jim Fischer, Harley-Davidson
1650-APS-PG, 191.397, Jim Fischer, Harley-Davidson
1650-P-VG, 92.123, Bob Clift, Indian
2000-A-PF, 178.449, Mike Yurko, Harley-Davidson
2000-A-PG, 175.375, Jay Allen, Harley-Davidson
2000-APS-PBG, 202.902, Jody Perewitz, Perewitz
2000-APS-PF, 191.223, Jody Anderson, Buell
2000-APS-PG, 195.851, Jody Anderson, Buell
3000-APS-PBG, 241.983, Cayla Rivas, Harley-Davidson
Untl-SCS-W, 248.7, Eva Hakansson, KillaJoule Electric
For further clarification on the classifications regarding displacement, frame and engine, see bonnevillespeedtrials.com/rulesclasses.
Bonneville is known for offering a range of classes for participants. From state-of-the-art, custom-built streamliners to less-sophisticated categories that allow racers to strive for glory on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.