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Guy Martin looks to set motorbike land speed record

Guy Martin aims to set motorbike land speed record
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Wednesday, 14, Sep 2016 10:32

by Ed Davies

Motorbike racer and record breaker Guy Martin is looking to set a new land speed world record later this week on a purpose-built 400mph bike

The 34-year-old, Grimsby-born racer will ride a Triumph streamliner as he tries to break the standing record of 376.36mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The bike is the fastest that Triumph have ever built after the TT star, who began his career in 1998, achieved 274.2mph in practice sessions last summer.

Speaking on his website after test rides on the 11-mile long course, Guy said: "That's the testing week for the Triumph streamliner over and, like I said earlier in the week, it's gone according to plan.

"I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed.

"Wind is a big thing out here, so it's not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle.

"We chipped away and, early on Tuesday morning, we did 274.2mph, making it the fastest-ever Triumph.

"Everyone was dead happy but that's just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet."

Guy will pilot the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, which was designed by aerodynamic engineer Matt Markstaller.

The current motorcycle land speed world record was set by Rocky Robinson in 2010, riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner at 376.36mph.

Martin will attempt to break this record at the end of the week.

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