Triumph's land speed record aspirations ended with disappointment today as a crash brought an abrupt end to the challenge after Guy lost control of the Infor Rocket Streamliner a mile into an FIM run. Triumph say:
"Tricky course conditions at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats have once again proved challenging during the latest stage of the Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed Record attempt. With clear sun and virtually no wind rider Guy Martin set off from mile marker 9 to record his FIM-required certification run.
"Setting off smoothly Guy was making good power in mile one when the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course. Guy was completely uninjured in the incident, however the streamliner will now require a full inspection before any further runs can take place.
"We'll keep you all updated with the next phase, thank you for your support."
Guy commented: "It’s all part the job boy, isn’t it? Feeling our way. I guess if it was an easy thing to do everyone would have done it by now. So we’ll get a plan sorted and get on with the next go at it as soon as we get the chance."
MCN's Adam Child was on the salt at Bonneville to witness the attempts, and you can read the full story of the challenge in MCN this Wednesday.