Even if you are fortunate enough to have a job that you enjoy, what do you envision your life being like when you are no longer working? If you’re a racer, it’s only natural that you want to finish in the first place before you retire. What if, on the other hand, you are the person who established all of the most current records in the first place? When do you realize that you’ve had enough and that you’re finally prepared to put away your leathers?
Eric “Rocketman” Teboul, a French motorcycle drag racing star, had previously indicated that the FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Finals in 2022 at Santa Pod Raceway would be the location of his official retirement from the sport. Santa Pod Raceway is located in the United Kingdom.
This is not the first time that we have discussed Teboul, and because this is also not the first time that he has stated that he is retiring, we are not entirely confident that this will be the final time. We are certain of one thing, and that is the fact that this individual appears to have a limit beyond which even extremely high speeds do not satisfy him.
When we told you about Teboul’s rocket bike back in August of 2019, we were absolutely blown away by its ability to reach a speed of 220 miles per hour while completing a quarter-mile run in just 5.64 seconds.
In addition, it took place at Santa Pod, but that was back in the day, and it’s now been three years since then. Teboul is still riding his rocket bike powered by hydrogen peroxide, which he supposedly mixes the fuel for himself.
How can you say goodbye to your followers when you already know that you are the finest in the world at what you do? Naturally, you put on a show for everyone.
Teboul broke not one, but two world records during the 2022 FIM Euro Finals, which took place at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire, England, from September 8 through 11, 2022. On Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, Teboul set a new world record in each of the respective categories.
On Saturday, he was able to complete the quarter-mile in 5.066 seconds, reaching a top speed of 263.52 miles per hour before coming to a stop on the strip.
Since it was the best performance of his career up to that point, it was only natural for him to give it another shot. (The problem with overachievers is that no matter how much they accomplish, they are never content, am I right?)
Teboul prepared both himself and his bike as the start time of the race on September 11, 2022, a Sunday, drew closer. He went through all of his typical pre-race preparations, such as putting on his leathers and helmet, warming up with some stretches, and then mounting his rocket bike.
As you’ll see in the video that follows, despite the fact that the grandstands were obviously packed with people, the audience was so quiet that you probably could have heard a pin drop as they anticipated his final performance with bated breath.
If you didn’t pay attention at the right moment, you might have missed it—because Eric Teboul broke a new world record in order to thank all of his followers for their support. Teboul was able to breach the elusive four-second barrier for the quarter-mile for the first time ever, surpassing even his achievement on Saturday.
The total time for the run was 4.976 seconds, and the speed was 290.51 miles per hour, which is absolutely ridiculous.
Teboul finished the race and managed to run his bike out of propellant without damaging it after passing the quarter-mile mark (this is significant because running out of propellant is the only way a bike of this type can come to a halt).
Teboul went on to receive the plaudits and ovation that he had well earned from the crowd after completing the job to the absolute best of his abilities in terms of calculations, piloting, and the overall quality of the work. Congratulations on doing something of such immense significance!