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Guy Martin at the Bonneville Salt Flats

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Guy Martin at the Salt Flats

Testing time at Bonneville

The wraps are finally off Triumph’s Infor Rocket Streamliner at Bonneville as the team gets set to challenge the 376.363mph land speed record.

Motorcycling legend Guy Martin, aeronautical engineer Matt Markstaller and his Hot Rod Conspiracy team began testing at the iconic salt flats on Friday.

FTR’s photographer was allowed unprecedented access to capture the emotions and fine-tuning leading up to the record bid.

It was the first time the purpose built 1,000 bhp vehicle had hit the Utah salt ahead of the official mile-long run later this month.

This is where the hard work starts as the Isle of Man rider and Markstaller use feedback from the test runs to squeeze the crucial last drops from the machine.

Markstaller and his engineers have prepared the vehicle to run at maximum, but there will always be small tweaks that could make the vital difference.

After running over final instructions with the Hot Rod team’s Dave Jeffers, Guy got his first opportunity to take the hot seat.

Come back to For the Ride next week for an exclusive Q and A with Matt Markstaller.