Triumph postpone Land Speed Record attempt
Triumph has confirmed that the current stage of its land speed record attempt has been postponed due to the course conditions at Bonneville.
Rain at the start of the week has continued to affect the team’s running during the last seven days. While track inspections have shown that conditions improved, it has not been possible to create the consistency across the full eleven mile course required for the Triumph Rocket Streamliner to safely conduct a Land Speed Record attempt..
“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,” commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.
These comments come after a crash sustained by Guy Martin earlier in the week. With clear sun and virtually no wind, rider Guy Martin had 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, and the streamliner requires a full inspection before any further runs can take place.
“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.”