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Guy Martin calls-off world record attempt

Guy Martin motorbike land speed world record attempt called off
Guy Martin motorbike land speed world record attempt called off
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Monday, 19, Sep 2016 11:43

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Despite only announcing plans to break the two-wheeled landspeed world record last week Guy Martin's team have called-off their attempt due to conditions on the course

Announcing last Wednesday that he would try to break the record, Martin's effort encountered difficulties later that week following a crash on a preliminary run at the track at Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah, USA.

Martin, from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, walked away from the crash uninjured.

However, the Triumph team have said that rain at the beginning of last week meant it was not possible to create the consistency across the 11-mile course required to undertake the attempt.

A spokesman said the team will resume its world record attempt at a later date once conditions allow.

Matt Markstaller, designer of the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner bike, said: "I know people will be disappointed at this news but the safety of the rider, Guy Martin, and the wider team supporting the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner has to be our prime consideration.

"The course conditions on the salt flats have forced us to wait for another window of opportunity."

On Sunday, Martin had hoped to complete a required 300mph trial run before attempting to break the current world record of 376.36mph.

But after just one mile, the bike lost traction on a damp section of the salt, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course.

The streamliner features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction - in which the chassis is integral with the body - with two turbo-charged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 brake horsepower (bhp) at 9,000 revs per minute (rpm).

It is 25.5ft long, 2ft wide and 3ft tall and is powered by methanol fuel.

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