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Record-breaking motorcyclist visits Utica National

By KATRINA SMITH

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A record-breaking motorcycle racer made a stop in New Hartford on Thursday, to talk about speed and motorcycle insurance.

Up-and-coming racer Jody Perewitz is the first woman to top and sustain 200 miles per hour on her motorcycle in 2011. She says she will be contacting the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official next year.

At Thursday's event, she talked candidly about what it feels like to drive that fast.

"I actually didn't know until I got back to the pits, which is about eight miles from the end of the track, back to the pits and I knew I went fast, but I didn't know how fast," Perewitz said. "About 30 people standing there with a big sign that said 203 and needless to say, I could barely get back into the pits because I was so excited and wanted to jump off my bike."

In order to meet the record, you can't just hit 200 miles per hour, you actually have to maintain that speed for a mile in order to have it qualify.

Perewitz was on hand to help Utica National promote the company's motorcycle insurance program along with riding safety, which included filming a public service announcement and meeting with company employees.

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