Triumph’s plans to contest the World Land Speed Record this year have been put on hold due to injuries sustained by pilot, Guy Martin during the Ulster Grand Prix road race in Ireland. The crash resulted in broken ribs, a fractured sternum and damaged vertebra. True to form, Guy Martin checked himself out of hospital only four days after the incident. Martin is one of the most unique personalities in motorsports, and his participation in Triumph’s record attempt has been deemed significant enough that they are going to put the run off until 2016.
The following statement has been issued by Triumph motorcycles:
“In light of Guy Martin’s crash at the Ulster Grand Prix last week, and the injuries he sustained, the Triumph Land Speed Record team has confirmed its decision to postpone the planned attempt until 2016 so that the Lincolnshire racer can be fully fit for the record run.”
“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.”