It’s a sad day in the motorcycle industry. Tragedy struck in the Alvord Desert when a jet-powered vehicle piloted by Jessi Combs crashed, claiming her life. According to KTVZ.com, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 4 p.m. reporting the crash at a dry lake bed in the Alvord Desert located in southeast Oregon.

Combs is one of the greatest ambassadors of the motorcycle industry. Affable, talented, and fearless, Combs was a fabricator, builder, TV personality, racer, and role model. She selflessly dedicated her time to countless charitable causes and empowered women motorcyclists through her actions. She lived life to the fullest, from desert racing in Baja to riding mini-bikes with the Gamblers to setting land speed records. Her loss leaves an irreplaceable void in our industry.

Combs had set several land speed records on the same dry lake bed that claimed her life. In 2013, Combs broke the four-wheeled women’s land speed record when she piloted the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger to a speed of 393.954 mph with a top speed of 440.709 mph in the Alvord Desert. In September of 2016, she set a new top speed of 477.59 mph driving the Other American Eagle, establishing herself as the “fastest woman on four wheels.”

Jessi Combs put up this post about her latest land speed record attempt a few days back on Instagram. 

Terry Madden, a friend of Combs and member of her land speed racing team, wrote a touching post on Instagram about her passing.

"So I don’t know how to say any of this but it all needs said. I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs she was truly my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute that I had with her. She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know. Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!! I’m not ok, but she is right here keeping my going-I made her a promise that if this didn’t go well that I would make sure and do good with it, please help me with that, you are all going to see things on news please believe non of them.. we the family have drafted a release and it will come out today with more proper info, but I was just woke up by the media tracking me down and I need everyone of her true friends to do what she would want “take a deep breath, relax” and do good things with this. Please donate to nothing, I know there will be people try, we are finishing the documentary as she wished and the world will know the truth and her foundation will use those funds to do amazing things in this world and make her legacy live on properly. In the coming days her family and I will get the proper channels put together that you can then donate to that foundation but until you hear it from me wait please-I don’t want some asshole profiting off this (all ready had one try to sell us a video)... .

Love you all and thank you all for being such amazing friends to her, she dedicated her life to helping support others dreams and I promise I will continue that."

Like many, our hearts are heavy with the weight of this news. Godspeed Jessi.