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Guy Martin in bid to break world record speed on two wheels

By Paul Lindsay

Published 24/08/2016

Record target: Guy Martin. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
Record target: Guy Martin. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Maverick road racer and TV personality Guy Martin will attempt to break the world land speed record next month, it can be revealed.

The racer with Moneymore-based TAS Racing will go for glory following a successful practice session at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, achieving a speed of 274.2mph.

TT star Martin piloted the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner and will attempt to beat the current 376.8mph record speed on an 11-mile course.

Despite having a good course surface for testing, the team felt that the salt wasn’t yet fully capable of supporting a top-speed run.

In consultation with FIM course manager Mike Cook, the team is targeting the September dates as the best possible opportunity for the optimal course conditions required for the record attempt.

The practice week, which ended with the 274.2mph run on August 9, demonstrated that both the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner and Martin are ready for the task ahead. 

Martin’s first week in the Streamliner saw him master the controls of the 1000bhp two-wheeler quickly — achieving all of the goals set by crew chief and designer Matt Markstaller and his team.

When asked about returning in September, Markstaller said: “We achieved a great deal during our test week at Bonneville and feel we are in a great position to move ahead with our record attempt.

“Guy settled into the Streamliner very quickly and impressed us with the speed in which he mastered both the motorcycle and riding on the salt.

“While conditions were some of the best I have seen over the last few years, we feel there is still some room for improvement. When chasing a record such as this on two wheels the conditions have to be the very best they can be, to give us the greatest chance of achieving the speeds we require to set a new record.”

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