NHRA Top Fuel Harley racer takes a spill in Seattle

Layne hit the opposite-lane guard wall and flew from his motorcycle immediately after registering a speed of 215.86 mph in his first qualifying attempt.

Top Fuel Harley racer Beau Layne was complaining of a hurt arm Friday as he was transported from Pacific Raceways to a local medical center following his accident at nearly 216 mph during qualifying for the NHRA Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Northwest Nationals.

Layne hit the opposite-lane guard wall and flew from his motorcycle immediately after registering a speed of 215.86 mph in his first qualifying attempt on the quarter-mile course just south of Seattle.

The Redding, Calif., rider carried the front wheel for about 1,000 feet, and when his front tire landed back on the pavement, his handlebars were turned awkwardly. He skated across the track from his left lane in front of fellow rider Tii Tharpe and hit the right guard wall hard, coming off his bike.

Although he stood up following the accident NHRA officials later could say only that Layne was transported for further evaluation.

Tharpe posted right away on his Facebook page, “We’re qualified, but more than that, we are grateful that Beau is up on his own two feet and being treated by medical staff.”

Top Fuel Harley racer Beau Layne took one of the wildest rides of the season at the #NorthwestNats.

Layne got up under his own power and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. pic.twitter.com/KJQ6E2njKP

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