TRIUMPH LAND SPEED RECORD UPDATE
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.
“It’s one of the challenges of Land speed racing - the salt surface can be so unpredictable. We’ll fully inspect the streamliner and get ready for the next phase of our attempt” commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.
Rider Guy Martin added “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.”
TT Legend Guy Martin and the Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed team have spent today making final preparations for the next stage of their Land Speed Record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Plans for the day included the required FIM certification pass at 300mph.
However, on heading up to the start of the course, with the streamliner under tow the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner passed over a rut in the track at the two mile marker.The rut and the soft surface caused the Streamliner to fall onto its side. Guy sustained no injuries and the machine was undamaged bar a number of minor scuffs to the body.
The team were quick to bring the Streamliner back to the pit area to carry out an assessment and begin preparations to run again. Shortly after course officials informed the team that the course was to be closed for the evening for all motorcycles due to the conditions.
The team will now continue to prepare the Streamliner to run tomorrow. Both the team and Guy look forward to returning to the salt flats to continue the next stage of the Land Speed Record challenge in the morning.
The sun is out at Bonneville this morning and the Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed team are well into preparations for today’s attempt to set a new motorcycle land speed record.
The team arrived this morning to beautiful sunny conditions and much improved track conditions. A number of the car competitors have already undertaken their first passes of the day and the team has confirmed that the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner will carry out its first run of the day at 11:30am.
“Spirits within the team are very high today and everyone is looking forward to getting our Land Speed Record attempt underway this morning.” comments Matt Markstaller, Crew Chief and Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer.
Following this morning’s update, and after a further course inspection, Triumph Motorcycles, the company behind the 2016 motorcycle land speed record attempt at Bonneville, has confirmed that it has postponed running for today due to the course conditions.
While the track conditions continue to improve, this afternoon’s course inspection showed that there are still areas at the upper limits of the eleven mile salt flat course that are still too wet to safely undertake any runs at present.
Regular course inspections will continue to be conducted by the team throughout the rest of the afternoon and preparations have begun to ready everything for tomorrow’s scheduled runs.
“To perform at this level we need the optimum conditions – and today we didn’t quite have the course conditions we needed. We will be back on the salt tomorrow morning ready to go and we’re looking forward to getting underway with our record attempt” comments Matt Markstaller, Crew Chief and Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer.
Triumph Motorcycles, the company behind the 2016 motorcycle land speed record attempt at Bonneville, has confirmed that its bid to regain the title has been delayed due to course conditions. There will be a further update early afternoon.
A series of rain storms, at Bonneville, at the start of this week, 13 – 16 September, 2016, has meant that the eleven mile salt flat course is still too wet at the upper limits of the course to safely undertake any runs at present. However the weather conditions are now good and the track conditions are improving hour by hour.