A Utah man was attempting to hit a top speed of 210 mph when he crashed his motorcycle into fencing at Mojave Air and Space Port during a racing event over the weekend, according to sheriff's officials.
Timothy Scott Partridge, 60, crashed around 10 a.m. Saturday while racing in the Mojave Magnum speed trial, sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wells said.
Racers at the event typically go about 180 mph, Wells said, with riders setting personal speed goals for themselves.
Riders hurtle along a 12,500-foot runway, and have eight-tenths of a mile of stopping distance, according to the event's website.
Witnesses reported Partridge failed to slow at the designated deceleration point of the track while traveling on his Kawasaki Ninja H2, a "supercharged" sports bike.
There were at least 10 witnesses to the crash, Wells said.
Several people left condolences and commented on the race on Facebook. One person said there are red flags at the 1.5-mile point to warn riders to start slowing down. Also, red lights begin flashing down the runway at that point, the person said.