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First lap crash ends ‘no-handed’ record attempt

Published: 13 October 2016

Updated: 13 October 2016

Louisiana duo Shelton Foster and Mike Wall’s attempt to break the world record for ‘no-hands’ riding ended in disaster on Tuesday as the pair failed to complete a single lap of the MSR Speedway track in Angleton, Texas.

The current ‘no-hands’ riding record of 137.94 miles was achieved by Italian Marcello Sarandrea on a Yamaha Tricker 250 in Rome, on March 6 2015.

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Both riding Harley Davidson Electra Glides, Shelton and Wall had previously completed 40 laps of the 2.38-mile, 17-turn circuit no-handed but rain during the official record attempt caused Foster to crash. “I didn’t even get around the track one time,” Foster said, claiming his tyre got into a “race car groove” in the track, “and that tail end slid around like black ice on me.”

The record attempt, named “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” is designed to raise awareness and funds for three different USA charities — Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, or DART, in Colfax; Heels for Combat Boots; and Brothers and Sisters in Arms of Leesville.

Residents of Dry Prong, Louisiana, Wall and Foster are both U.S. Army veterans and claim to have ridden thousands of road miles on their Electra Glides no handed.

Both riders plan to go for the record again in a few months, after Foster’s minor injuries heal and repairs have been made to his Electra Glide. “I got some quarter-size road rashes on my knee and my foot, my elbow and my shoulder… I landed on my hip, and I got a little road rash on my hip. That’s the biggest part. Ribs are a little sore,” said Foster. His Electra Glide suffered over $1000 of damage in the prang.

Foster and Wall have raised money through a GoFundMe online page to help them with expenses.

Source: The Town Talk

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