Crash Scuppers Guy Martin Record Attempt

Guy Martin crashed out of the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Ulster GP on thursday, August 6, suffering fractures to his vertebrae, sternum and ribs. With metal rods stabilising his injuries, he checked himself out of hospital the same week after high-siding his Tyco BMW S1000RR.

A Journalist said at the race:

"The Ulster GP is a dangerous race, but as the riders slowly returned to the pits after the red flag, it became clear who was missing. Guy lost control of the bike at very high speed – it hit a tree, but he was lucky to tumble to the right by a couple of metres, hitting a large crash pad that flipped as his body flew into it. He lay worryingly still as the Marshalls rushed to help him, so it’s a massive relief to know that he survived what was a very serious incident."

In light of the injuries he sustained, the Triumph Land Speed Record team has decided to postpone the planned attempt until 2016, so that the Lincolnshire racer can be fully fit for the record run. Problems with the condition of the Bonneville Salt Flats had already cast doubt over the event, but Triumph – which planned to run a 1000bhp Streamliner powered by two turbocharged Rocket III engines – has released the following statement: "We’re obviously concerned with the news that Guy has sustained injuries as a result of his crash."

"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."