Double World Superbike Champion, James Toseland, has today made an agreement to attempt to beat the official FIM motorcycle land speed record – aiming to achieve a speed of at least 400mph and beyond! The current record of 376.156mph is held by American Rocky Robinson, but Toseland and the all-British team behind the project are keen to bring the record back to the UK.
Yorkshireman Toseland will make the attempt on the renowned Bonneville Salt Flats in the US in September 2014 and the motorcycle streamliner that he will pilot is already in development. However, given the long lead times, the technical specification for the machine is firmly under wraps.
The record attempt will be led by former GP and TT sidecar racer, Alex Macfadzean. Alex is an engine development and dyno specialist, former holder of the British bike land speed record and the first UK record over 200mph.
The project is also heavily supported by the University of Derby – the only one in the UK with such a strong focus on motorsport. Programme Leader for Motorsport, Steve Hill, will play a strong role in the development process.
Talking about the attempt, Toseland said: “I am hugely excited about this record attempt, but I’m under no illusions as to how difficult it will be. I’ve been racing motorcycles for most of my life but this means learning a completely new technique in order to pilot the motorcycle streamliner.
“The team involved with the project are amazing and really know their stuff, so I know I’m in safe hands in terms of the development. We’ve been in discussions about this for several months, but today I sat in the cockpit of the machine for the first time, so it now all seems very real. If successful, this will be a fantastic personal achievement but also a great accolade to bring back to the UK.”
Toseland is no stranger to speed, with a long career in MotoGP and WSBK, he regularly used to top 200mph, but adding another 200mph on top of that is a whole new ball game!
We'll keep you posted with the entire project as it develops and JT prepares himself for the record attempt.
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