Belfast Telegraph

Mr Fast Guy's bike land speed record bid on hold after spill

By Claire Williamson

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

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

A spokesman for Triumph said: "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 Belfast Telegraph had reported at the time that the crash was likely to cost him the chance of breaking the 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.

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 spill 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 is intending to be back at work on Monday as a mechanic.

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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