Top rider warns of speed after man caught 54kmh over
A MOTORCYCLIST clocked at Yandina doing 114kmh in a 60kmh zone has prompted a warning from a world champion rider who lives just down the road.
Retired Moto GP, Super Bike and Super Sport racer Chris Vermeulen's 12-year career was focused on going as fast as possible on two wheels.
He still loves to ride and enjoys occasional trips to Queensland race tracks but knows public roads are not the place to test his skills.
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"If I treat the road as a race track, I too will become a statistic," Mr Vermuelen said.
"It's that simple."
On the race track, there were still dangers but they were mitigated by track design, safety warnings and medical staff on standby.
"Going fast on the road is a very different thing," the former race star said.
He said even a few extra kilometres an hour, let alone an extra 54kmh, could be the difference in making it through a corner or crashing.
Police stopped a 31-year-old Coolum man riding along the Yandina-Coolum Rd at Yandina about 6.15pm on Tuesday after he registered 114kmh in a 60kmh zone.
Nambour police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gary Brayley said the man was given a $1099 fine and eight demerit points.
Snr Sgt Brayley said speeding cases of that magnitude were not common.
Meanwhile, Mr Vermeulen said he had moved away from riding sports motorcycles on the road, preferring more versatile road-trail bikes.
"I try to stay away from the road a little bit," he said.
Besides obeying the speed limit, Mr Vermeulen said riding to ability and having suitable safety gear were important for motorcycle riders.
"I don't go out without at least covering up," he said.