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Guy Martin's world record bid shelved until 2016 following Ulster Grand Prix crash

By Claire Cromie

Guy Martin's attempt to break the world motorcycle landspeed record has been postponed until 2016 following his spectacular crash at the Ulster Grand Prix.

The roads racing and TV star had been planning to pilot a modified Triumph Rocket III Streamliner on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, with the current record of 376.363mph in his sights.

But a spokesman for Triumph told MCN: “We’re obviously concerned with the news that Guy has sustained injuries as a result of his crash in last week’s Dundrod 150 race. While in true form, Guy has signed himself out of hospital this week, we all feel that given his injuries it won’t be possible to complete the required testing prior to attempting to take the record this year.

“Guy is a unique talent and having such a pilot for our Rocket motorcycle is absolutely central to our attempt. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and will confirm a new date for our 2016 bid as soon as we can.”

The attempt has already been delayed once because of a lack of salt on the Flats.

The Belfast Telegraph had reported at the time that the crash was likely to cost him the chance of breaking the world motorcycle landspeed record later this year - but now it has been confirmed.

Success would see Martin bring the title back to the UK after a 45-year absence.

The Lincolnshire adrenaline junkie had been in a high-speed duel with the world’s fastest road racer, Bruce Anstey, when he crashed at Dundrod.

He was leading the final lap of the Dundrod 150 Superbike race when he lost control of his Tyco BMW. The crash catapulted him through the air, fracturing vertebrae, his sternum and a number of ribs.

He also damaged his right hand in the incident at Ireland's Corner, which claimed the life of Steve Johnson back in 1992.

Martin is reported to have had steel rods inserted in his back at the Royal Victoria Hospital to stabilise the injury to his thoracic spine, and a pin inserted in his damaged hand.

Despite all this, he signed himself out of hospital this week and intended on being back at work on Monday.

Martin, star of the highly-acclaimed documentary Close To The Edge, was also planning a televised attempt at breaking the 100mph barrier on the Wall of Death - the legendary carnival attraction where a motorcycle is ridden around a wooden cylinder, defying gravity only by centrifugal force.

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