World's fastest woman on a motorcycle returns to Texas Mile (w/gallery)
March 22, 2014 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2014 at 10:23 p.m.
JENNIFER ROBERTSON'S NOTABLE RECORDS
World record-holder for fastest female motorcycle rider in a standing mile at 243.6 mph.
• Fastest female in quarter-mile street bike (9.23 seconds) at Hawaii Raceway Park.
• Fastest female in quarter-mile street bike (8.93 seconds) at San Antonio Raceway.
• Part of first father-daughter team to join 200 mph club at Texas Mile.
BEEVILLE - Jennifer Robertson is the fastest woman on a motorcycle in the world, but she could be even faster.
The Corpus Christi native set the world record for a female motorcycle rider in a standing mile, posting a top speed of 243.6 mph on a turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa at the fall 2012 Texas Mile in Beeville. The previous record was 243.5.
"Actually, I wasn't full throttle," Robertson, 35, admitted. "The bike was leaned over to the side, and I was being pushed. It started doing the head shake back and forth."
Once her newest bike's work is completed, Robertson will try to extend her record to 250 mph or even faster.
"I would love to go 250 or 260 just to put a bigger gap between me and the other person," Robertson said. "But I'm not going to do it in risky conditions."
Robertson was back at the Texas Mile on Saturday, where she was trying to set another record - this time on an all-motor bike (an engine with no nitrous oxide systems or nitrous). However, poor weather conditions prevented the lifelong racer from going for the record.
"We need to go 231 on it," Robertson said, gesturing to the all-black Hayabusa. "I've gone 229.9 on it before."
Robertson, whose day job is school counselor, began riding motorcycles when she was 6 years old and hasn't gotten off since. She got her first bike for Christmas, but on the morning of every young child's favorite day, Robertson wasn't sure what she was looking at.
"It was kind of funny," she said. "It was just this big thing. ... It looked different."
As soon as she had the dirt bike unwrapped, she was riding it in her backyard.
Racing is in Robertson's blood. Her dad, Roger, raced stock cars and did circle track racing as well as various motorcycle races. As a kid, the younger Robertson would help her dad work on cars at racetracks. In fact, her father was by her side at the Texas Mile on Saturday and the day she set the world record.
"When she did it, I knew the record was 243-point-something," Roger said. "I brought the phone out and started looking for it, and she did it by one-tenth of a second. It was quite emotional."
While setting a world record is something that neither Robertson will ever forget, there is another record that is even more special: Robertson and Roger became the first father-daughter combination to join the 200 mph club at the Texas Mile.
"We did it on the same day and on the same motorcycle," Robertson said. "I went, and he went right after me."
"We didn't squeak in either," Roger said. "I ran a 211, and Jennifer ran a 216. So, we didn't just squeak in there. We made a statement. From there on, it sort of evolved and just got faster and faster."
His daughter may have posted the faster time, but Roger showed his experience.
"He got it on the first try," Robertson said. "I think it took me two or three tries."
Robertson takes her racing skills across the country, including the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. She also did drag racing in Hawaii.
But she always comes back to the Texas Mile.
"The Texas Mile is definitely the track I'm most comfortable with," Robertson said. "I have the most passes here, and it's my home track. I have a lot of friends and family that come out here."