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Update from the Salt

18/09/2016

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."

17/09/2016

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.

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16/09/2016 -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.

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Triumph heeft een rijke historie met het breken van het landsnelheidsrecords als houder van de 'World's Fastest Motorcycle' titel tussen 1955 en 1970, met legendarische namen van recordbrekende streamliners als Devil's Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner en Gyronaut X1. De laatste was goed voor een toenmalig record door het bereiken van een topsnelheid van 395,28 km/h. Het huidige record staat sinds 2010 op 605,697 km en is in het bezit van Rocky Robinson met de Oil-Ack Attack streamliner.

Voor de in augustus geplande poging is Triumph de samenwerking aangegaan met Matt Markstaller en Bob Carpenter die een sterk team hebben samengesteld om de titel “Worlds Fastest Motorcycle” weer op naam van Triumph te zetten. Markstaller is het brein achter de aerodynamica en Carpenter zorgt voor de optimale prestaties van de Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner. Het besturen van de speciaal gebouwde Triumph Rocket Infor Streamliner over de ‘gemeten mijl’ zal in handen komen te liggen van Isle of Man TT-coureur en meervoudig snelheidsrecordhouder Guy Martin.

De Triumph Rocket Infor beschikt over een carbon/kevlar monocoque-constructie met twee Triumph Rocket III motoren, die beide voorzien zijn van een turbo om een gecombineerde 1000 pk bij 9000 toeren per minuut per te produceren. De motorfiets is bijna acht meter lang, ruim 60 centimeter breed en bijna 1 meter hoog. Het gebruik van methanol als brandstof klasseert deze Triumph motorfiets in ‘Division C’, de categorie voor gestroomlijnde motorfietsen.

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