Triumph has confirmed that motorcycle racer Guy Martin will pilot its Rocket III
Streamliner in a new land speed record attempt at the Bonneville salt flats in
late August. The Triumph team has to beat the current record of 376.363 mph
(605.697 km/h) if it wants to bring the coveted title back to the UK after an absence
of 45 years.
For the second year in a row, Triumph has been forced to suspend its effort for a new land speed record after its pilot, Guy Martin, was injured during the Ulster GP Superbike race on Thursday, August 6. Triumph was to compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats speed trials on August 24-27, but Martin’s accident and subsequent operation mean that he will not be fit in time for vital tests before the official event.