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Record-holding motorcycle racer Ralph Hudson has died, three weeks after losing control of his machine and crashing in Utah.
Hudson, who once reached a record speed of 300mph during a race, reportedly crashed while travelling at 252mph last month at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
He was severely injured in the crash and was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City, where he was being treated.
Though his death, at the age of 69, was announced on Sunday.
“It is with a breaking heart I must inform our racing community that Ralph Hudson succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered at Bonneville on August 14,” Hudson’s family said in a statement.
“He was surrounded by his son David, myself [Leslie Murray] and his best friend of 30 years, Linda. Information regarding a celebration of life and a memorial scholarship in Ralph’s name will follow when available.
“We sincerely thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support during this very difficult time.”
The crash occurred during the Southern California Timing Association’s event ‘Speedweek’ and the organisation’s president, Bill Lattin, broke the news.
“At approximately 8:20 a.m. Mountain Time today, veteran rider Ralph Hudson, age 69, lost control of his motorcycle land speed vehicle,” Lattin wrote.
“He was attempting a speed record and was traveling approximately 252 mph. Ralph was treated by medical professionals at the scene and transported by ambulance to LifeFlight and flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
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“The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.”
Hudson broke the world land-speed record for fastest partially streamlined, sit-on motorcycle in 2017, clocking 284mph.
He even managed to reach 300mph during his run on the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia having competed in racing during the early Seventies.
He returned after three decades away in 2006.