Guy Martin to make land speed record attempt this week

Road racer days from attempting to beat 376.63mph motorcycle land speed record

Guy Martin to make land speed record attempt this week

GUY Martin is days away from attempting to become the fastest motorcyclist ever, with his streamliner land speed record bid set for this week.

The road racer and TV personality will attempt to break the existing record of 376.63mph riding a 1,000hp streamliner powered by two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines on the Bonneville Salt flats in Utah, USA.

He has already become the fastest ever Triumph rider by hitting 274.2mph during practice last month, beating the previous record of 245.667mph.

Weather permitting, the outright record attempt is due to take place at the end of the week.

The north Lincolnshire-based racer says on his website: "I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed.

"Wind is a big thing out here, so it's not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle.”

The bike, called the Triumph Infor Rocket, features a carbon kevlar monocoque construction with two methanol-fuelled, turbocharged Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000hp at 9,000rpm.

Martin will ride the 25.5 feet long machine in the streamlined motorcycle world record category.

He said: "The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record."

Follow his progress at Triumph’s website.