Mum’s tribute to medics after 254mph crash

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The world’s fastest woman on two wheels has thanked the medics who rescued her after a terrifying 254mph motorbike crash at Elvington Airfield.

Becci Ellis, 49, was thrown from her turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa after being hit by strong winds while trying to break her own 264mph land speed last August.

Spectators watched on in horror as the mum-of-two veered from the airstrip before coming off the bike, breaking her ankle and 
sustaining severe bruising and whiplash.

After an eight-hour hospital stay, she was trackside at Elvington again the following day to watch other competitors and to help raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which rushed her to hospital in Leeds following the crash.

“I had just gone through the speed gate at 254mph when the wind caught me and in less than a second the bike had gone onto the grass,” Becci, an IT analyst from Scunthorpe, said. “I don’t remember coming off or hitting the ground, but I landed on my front, sliding for about 70 yards and blacked out briefly.”

She has since visited Yorkshire Air Ambulance medics at their Nostell Priory base near Wakefield to pay thanks to them. Becci added: “Mick and I have been collecting for the Air Ambulance for about 12 years and the day after my accident we raised £500.

“The paramedics and pilots are just fantastic and taking the new bike up was my way of saying thank you for being there for me that day. I know, not just from what happened to me, but having seen what they do at events they have definitely saved lives. Accidents happen but it is so reassuring to know that we have this amazing service on hand to look after us.”

The keen motorcyclist set her world record of 264mph in October 2014 at Elvington Airfield, beating the previous title holder by more than 20mph.