Byron Bay speed demons return winners from America
UNBEKNOWN to Byron Bay's Triple A racing team, before they even left Australia to compete in the US, they had the world record for the world's fastest 100cc motor bike already in the bag.
Brothers Jean Paul and Mitchell Afflick and their team last month set off to compete at Speed Week and the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in the US determined to claim the record for Australia.
However both events were cancelled due to poor conditions on the famous Bonneville salt flats.
"We went to the US to become the fastest 100cc bike over the mile in the world, that is the fastest average speed over a flying mile," Jean Paul said.
"But little did we know we were already the fastest in the world as the speed we were chasing was a top speed set at El Mirage California and not an average speed over a mile as most land speed racing records are measured.
"So we did not get to run on the salt but still achieved our goals through information learnt."
With so many international teams arriving in the US to compete, the Southern Californian Timing Association ran a special event at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Even with the hot conditions of over 40 degrees plus and the 3000ft altitude robbing the bike of power, Triple A still hit a top speed of 102.89mph for the standing mile.
"Now we will wait till Australian Speed Week next March to increase our current record past 115mph over the flying mile," Jean Paul said.
"I would like to thank our supporters and sponsors East Point Signs, Brookfarm Muesli, Warren Simmons Garage, Danny Wills Quiksilver, Skullcandy, Smith Optics and Bay Seafood.
"Big thanks to the team, Joanne Fysh, Paul Macleod and David Daniel and our dad Warren Afflick."