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19-Time Motorcycle Speed Record Holder Erin Sills Sweeps the Three 1000cc Naturally Aspirated Land Speed Records at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials With Her BMW S1000RR

By on September 6, 2016
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Erin Sills of Hunter Sills Racing had a phenomenal run at the famed Bonneville Motorcycle speed trials, August 27th through September 1st, on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. During the course of the week, Sills successfully piloted the team’s BMW S1000RR to three new records in AMA Production 1000cc, Modified Gas, and Unfaired.

Sills shared this: “I’m continually impressed with the dominance of the BMW S1000 RR and incredibly proud of our team’s accomplishments this season. We had an amazing week, building on our 2013 records and adding more to the 2016 win column for BMW. These records were all set in the 1000cc naturally aspirated category, which means no turbo is on the motorcycle.

The first record we set was the AMA Production 1000cc (p-p) record at 207.973 mph. The old record was 200.1 mph set by Honda, so it was nice to take this one back for BMW. The second record was Modifed Gas (mps-g), which we set at 209.773 mph. The prior record was 209.391 mph, which was my record from 2013. The third record was Unfaired (naked), that I set at 194.056 mph. The prior record was 182 mph, so increasing it by 12 mph was significant. This gives the team all five of the AMA records and both World records available, in addition to the Magnum and Mojave Mile championships … a clean sweep for the season.”

The Hunter Sills team also awarded the $2,000.00 SheEmoto Scholarship during the BMST event.  The scholarship, founded by HSR in 2006, is awarded annually to the female racer who embodies the spirit of landspeed racing … tenacity, competitive drive, wisdom, passion, camaraderie and perseverance.  Historical winners include top-speed females such as Leslie Porterfield and Eva Hakansson. This year the Scholarship went to long-time Suzuki Hyabusa racer Erin Okonek for her many accomplishments in land speed racing.”

At the SCTA event a week earlier, Sills set the Production 1000cc record at 200.920 mph, which allowed her to become a lifetime member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 mile per hour club and she accepted the late Andy Sills’ 200 MPH Club “red hat” with honor. This is in addition to placing first at the Mojave Mile earlier this year, and setting the production record at El Mirage, earning the El Mirage 200 mile per hour club lifetime membership.

“We are thrilled to yet again to see Erin Sills’ performance on the BMW S1000RR,” added Gary Orr, owner of San Diego BMW Motorcycles.  “Having the production, modified, and naked records as a team as quite an accomplishment. For Sills to continue to break her own records speaks to her skill level as our rider. We knew the bike could do it based on our strong performance at the Mojave Mile and SCTA El Mirage events earlier this season, and we knew Sills could do it as well.”

The team would like to thank their sponsors, as they make all of this possible: San Diego BMW Motorcycles, Alpine Performance Centre, Belstaff apparel, Colorado ADVmoto, Schuberth Helmets, Kushtani Leathers, Motochic, Adaptiv Technogies, Cardo Scala Rider, Sena Technologies, ARP, Maxima Oils USA, WPC Coatings, Alpha Racing Germany, and Sprint Filter.”

About Hunter Sills Racing:
Hunter Sills Racing is a female-owned professional land speed racing team including motor builder Shane Kinderis of Alpine Performance Centre, Gary Orr of San Diego BMW Motorcycles, race technicians Curtice Thom and Trev Richter, and riders Erin Sills and the late Andy Sills. Together the team has earned 30 World and National records, 2 Guinness World Book records, Mojave Mile 200 MPH Club membership, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club membership, BUB 201 MPH Club membership, SCTA 200 MPH Club membership, top speed to-date of 236 MPH, and title of World’s Fastest BMW.   Erin Sills has been named 2013 Advertising Age Woman To Watch, 2014 American Motorcyclist Association Female Athlete of the Year, 2014 University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business Distinguished Alumni and is a retired executive with Facebook, Inc. A frequent speaker on behalf of the land speed racing, Sills also serves on the board of directors for the Save The Salt Foundation and is the founder of the sheEmoto Scholarship for females in the sport.

About San Diego BMW Motorcycles:
San Diego BMW Motorcycles is San Diego’s premier motorcycle dealer and one of the largest volume BMW dealerships in the U.S. Enthusiasts serving Enthusiasts in the sport of motorcycle racing.

About Alpine Performance Centre:

Alpine Performance Centre, located in Victoria Australia, has a long relationship with BMW building performance engines and bikes for World Superbike, domestic Superbike, as well as land speed racing; earning dozens of podium and first place finishes over the past 10 years.

For More Information:
Hunter Sills Racing (Facebook): www.facebook.com/HunterSillsRacing/
Erin Sills (Facebook): www.facebook.com/sheEmoto
San Diego BMW Motorcycles (Website):  www.sdbmw.com

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