Triumph Land Speed Attempt Postponed – Guy Martin Ulster Crash Video
Triumph Motorcycles is postponing its Land Speed Record attempt at Bonneville Speed Trials while its pilot – Isle of Man TT favorite Guy Martin – recovers from injury.
The 33-year-old Brit suffered a nasty crash last Thursday during the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix.
Martin wrecked his BMW S1000RR at more than 100mph on the Northern Ireland course – the fastest real road-racing circuit in the world – and sustained a fractured vertebrae, ribs and sternum, and damaged his throttle hand.
The Guy Martin Ulster crash occurred at Ireland’s Corner – the same left-hand turn on the 7.4-mile circuit containing 25 corners where Steve Johnson lost his life during the 1992 Ulster Grand Prix. Local reports say that on Tuesday Martin checked himself out of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he had rods inserted into his back and a pin inserted in his right hand.
Due to these injuries, Triumph will postpone its land-speed record attempt with its 1,000-horsepower Rocket Streamliner until 2016. The Bonneville Speed Trials held on Utah’s Salt Flats are scheduled for August 24-27.
“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.”
Triumph says the 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5-foot long, 2-foot wide and 3-foot tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.