Motorcycle Racer Falls Off at 231 MPH
When it comes to drag racing, if there’s one category that never fails to amaze, it’s the heart-pounding spectacle of racing on two wheels. Motorcycle classes pushing beyond the 200 mph mark over a quarter mile demand an unparalleled level of courage. Maneuvering a rocket-like machine down the track with only air around you requires nerves of steel.
The apprehensions and fears that naturally accompany such an endeavor were very much validated on a fateful day in 2013, starring rider Chris Matheson. Matheson etched his name into the history books of drag racing history with a pass that left quite a mark on both him and the spectators who witnessed it firsthand.
In a seemingly routine dash to the finish line, Matheson blazed through at an astonishing 231 mph, a speed that’s almost casual in his world. However, the extraordinary followed suit.
The unexpected twist materialized as Matheson encountered a bump at the finish line, precisely when he reached out for the rear brake. This unforeseen combination threw him off balance at the very pinnacle of his 231 mph jaunt. Suddenly, rider and machine were separated, leaving the rider gliding across the track surface, protected only by the leather safety suit he was wearing.
In any case, no amount of preparation could soften the impact of rolling at these incredible speeds. The sheer velocity added a daunting dimension to the tumble, a heart-stopping experience as Matheson fought to protect his limbs from the terrifying slide.
Miraculously, Matheson emerged from the ordeal, rising to his feet with the ultimate rush of adrenaline. What’s more astounding is that before long, he was back on a motorcycle, replicating his fearless passes down the strip. This time, however, minus the unnerving tumble at the finish line.
We must say that while this instance had to be tough in the moment, Matheson now has a truly one-of-a-kind story to look back on all these years later.