Challengers are on notice as Team Blind Speed Kawasaki make their way home from Speed Week 2019 with 300km/h speeds now a reality for the 2020 FIM World Speed Trials.
The World’s fastest blind motorcyclist, Ben Felten repeatedly raced within 5km/h of his standing 272.596km/h blindfold World Record despite a mix extreme temperatures, gusting high-speed winds and a light shower that wet the track for the second half of the event.
The Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninjas prepared by BC Performance performed impressively, with both Ben and navigator Kevin ‘Magoo’ Magee able to match previous max-speeds with ease in the tricky conditions.“The Ninja went like an arrow,” said Ben. “There is so much left in it.”“We have pace up our sleeves. 300 plus is firmly in our sights. BC Performance have done an incredible job of tuning the factory bike. The Dunlop’s felt incredible. In rubbish conditions we exceeded every expectation I had for 2019.
To the challengers heading down under next year, good luck. We’re going to be a lot faster.”Perfecting their technique, Ben and Magoo worked kinks from their navigation strategy as they shook the bikes down, preparing for the 2020 event which will mark the 30th anniversary of Speed Week and dry lake racing in Australia.
ABOUT TEAM BLIND SPEED:
Ben Felten is the world’s fastest blind motorcyclist. When Ben was a boy his dream was to race motorcycles at the highest level. At 15 He was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, retinitis pigmentosa. Ben raced motorcycles until he was 24, going totally blind at 37. He has represented Australia in rowing and Blind Cricket.Setting his first motorcycle speed record in 2014, Ben was driven to pursue his dream.In March 2018, Ben recorded an average speed of 272.596km/h.
Photo Credit: Claudine Burgess, Define and Shine, website: http://defineandshine.com.au/site/