A LEARNER motorcyclist told police he didn’t think they would be on the Hume Freeway when he was clocked riding at 169km/h at Glenrowan this week, police said.
Wangaratta highway patrol Sgt Michael Connors said the Melbourne man, 21, was returning to the North East on Thursday night on his motorbike to fix his car that had broken down in Wangaratta the day before.
Police interest was sparked after truck and car drivers called 000 to report seeing a speeding motorcycle on the Hume Freeway.
Sgt Connors said highway patrol officers, senior constables Colin Boyle and Patrick Murray, detected the motorcyclist travelling at 169km/h on the freeway at Glenrowan at 8.20pm.
Police pulled over the motorcyclist, impounded the bike and interviewed the rider.
Sgt Connors said the rider, carrying an alternator in his backpack to fix the car he left in Wangaratta the day before, told police he didn’t know they would be on the freeway.
“There is no possible excuse to be doing that speed,” Sgt Connors said.
“Myself and other officers don’t want to hear excuses.”
He said the rider would be charged on summons with speed, dangerous driving and other offences to appear at Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Earlier, Sgt Connors said another motorcyclist was detected travelling at 132km/h on the Hume Freeway at Springhurst.
He said the male Tasmanian rider, 31, was unlicenced and his bike had not been registered for two years.
“Neither riders have the right to be road users and their actions put themselves, the community and police in danger,” Sgt Connors said.
“I applaud the diligence and professionalism displayed by senior constables Boyle and Murray in averting what had the potential to have very serious consequences.”
The detections come in the midst of a North East road operation targeting motorcyclists travelling to and from the MotoGP at Phillip Island.