A Bay area world-record holding motorcycle racer died on Sunday doing what he loved.
44-year-old Bill Warner was best known for laughing at limitations. His need for speed was met on a motorcycle handcrafted just a few miles from his Wimuama home.
He set a world-record on the bike, after going 311-miles per hour in just 1.5 miles. He talked to FOX 13 about breaking boundaries on the bike back in 2011.
"We pushed it. I worked every single day, 12 hours a day," Warner said.
Bobby Weimer helped build Warner's custom turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa from the bottom up.
"He was extremely passionate about it. He was always excited when he'd show up. He'd have his list and he'd be ready to go," Weimer said Monday.
Weimer says Warner's designs and demands weren't conventional.
"His ideas, they always worked. He knew what he wanted to get done," Weimer said.
Warner's drive that ended up costing him his life on Sunday morning. He wanted to beat his prior record of 311-miles per hour in just one mile's distance. He lost control of his bike at the Northern Maine event and veered off the runway. He was clocked at 285-miles per hour just before the crash.
As Wimuama says goodbye to Mr. 300, friends say the racing legend passed away where he belonged: behind the wheel.
"He died doing absolutely what he loved. He loved doing that. Breaking records," Weimer said.
Warner's funeral arrangements are set for this weekend in New York.
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