Pensioner’s 163mph bike ride

PENSIONER Vanessa Forsdicke is living life in the fast lane – after notching up speeds of 163mph on a superbike.

The 63-year-old racing fan had never been on a motorbike before and loved every minute of the six sizzling laps she was treated to as she was blasted round Silverstone by British Grand Prix legend Ron Haslam.

“Although I’ve watched many MotoGP and superbike races, until I had been around the track I could not imagine the speeds and leans that go into it,” she said.

“I am so proud of myself and now feel capable of anything.

“It was a dream come true – I’m still on a high now. It was fantastic.”

Mrs Forsdicke, a mother-of-two from Thorpe Marriott, Norfolk, only got into motorbike racing six years ago by chance.

“My son, who likes bikes, went round the world and so I used to email him MotoGP results because I didn’t know if he would get them,” she said.

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“I just wanted to know who won, then I would watch the last lap, then I got to know the riders and who I liked and now I’m a huge fan. It just takes up all my time.”

She won the ride after entering a competition run by stairlift company Stannah, which runs a scheme called the Think Again Fund to show older people that it was never too late to realise their dreams.