Toseland aiming for land speed record
5 December 2012 – Two-time Superbike Champion and former MotoGP rider James Toseland has announced plans to try and break the official world motorcycle land speed record. The current marker of 376.156 mph, cleared by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, was posted by America's Rocky Robinson two years ago.
The project is being led by former GP and TT sidecar racer Alex Macfadzean, with help from students and staff at the University of Derby. Toseland’s record attempt, to be performed in the specially-designed motorcycle streamliner, is set to take place at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States in September 2014.
"I am hugely excited about this record attempt but I'm under no illusions as to how difficult it will be," said Toseland. "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. 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 United Kingdom."
Toseland was forced to retire from motorcycle racing in November of 2011 after failing to recover from a wrist injury. The 32-year-old Briton picked up World Superbike titles in 2004 and 2007 and also spent two seasons in MotoGP with Tech 3 Yamaha.