Why Is The World’s Fastest Motorcycle Bound For Bolivia?

For six years the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK team has returned to the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats hoping to exceed their own land speed record of 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h), and for six years they have seen the salt flooded and shrinking. If the builder Mike Akatiff and pilot Rocky Robinson were going to reset the record books, they needed better salt.

This need for speed resulted in the fastest motorcycle in history being bound for Bolivia for the Top Of The World Land Speed Challenge August 3-8, 2017.

“Mike Akatiff and the TOP 1 oil company want to be the first 400mph motorcycle, so they approached us about three years ago and asked if I was interested in going to Bolivia,” says Mike Cook. “Hell yeah!” After organizing the Land Speed Shootout at Bonneville for more than a decade, LSR racing legend Mike Cook knows more about what it takes to set a record than any man alive. He will be handling logistics and timing/FIM coordination in Bolivia, just as he does in Bonneville. Cook and TOP 1 execs went to Bolivia back in March to survey the salt to find a suitable place to lay out a course and grease the skids for TOP 1 to take over the Salar de Uyuni salt with the Bolivian brass.

“André Rodrigues has been working for years to make this possible. We met with Álvaro Marcelo García Linera, the vice president of Bolivia… what a gentleman he is,” says Cook. “He said you have your race track… go set the record!” The following day, the group travelled to Uyuni to survey the salt. “We were only able to lay out 20 miles of perfect salt course because we were running low on gas.”

“I’ve always known the Bonneville Salt Flats as being two miles wide, at the most, and maybe 10 miles long,” says Cook. “You come here to Bolivia and it just takes your breath away! There is salt 100 miles in any direction.” In fact, the remote Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq./mi). “The salt is more than a foot deep for miles in any direction,” says Mike Cook. By way of comparison Bonneville’s crust is only a couple inches deep at its best.

“I have been 300mph on a quarter inch of salt… here we were standing on salt more than a foot thick,” exclaims Cook. “Honestly, we could go racing next week.”

“The conditions are perfect, the ACK ATTACK is loaded into the container and all systems are go,” notes TOP 1 VP of Sales & Marketing Frank Ryan. “Thanks to Mike, André, Phil Gillies and all of our TOP 1 distributors in Latin America there is no reason why Top Of The World Landspeed Challenge can’t succeed in beating 400mph. Special thanks to the Bolivian Ministry of Tourism and vice president Álvaro Marcelo García Linera for sharing our vision and making the record attempt possible. Together TOP 1 and ACK ATTACK can do the impossible!”

10 Responses to “Why Is The World’s Fastest Motorcycle Bound For Bolivia?”

  1. 1 Iron Horse Jul 5th, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Best of luck to Mike Akatiff and Rocky Robinson in their attempt to set a new world speed record in Bolivia.

    Hopefully, the Bonneville salt will come back to racing conditions soon.

  2. 2 BobS Jul 5th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I think Bonneville has a fork stuck in it. Good luck in Bolivia!

  3. 3 Boots Jul 5th, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Good luck, gentlemen !!

  4. 4 James just another crazy kiwi Jul 5th, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Is Bonneville shagged because of mining ?

    What is the true story behind it ?

  5. 5 SIGFREED Jul 6th, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Perhaps they should go where the Brits are heading.


  6. 6 BobS Jul 6th, 2017 at 8:51 am

    James too much rain is altering the landscape.

  7. 7 GrowUp Jul 6th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Too bad the situation at the Salt has degraded to the point where everyone needs to go elsewhere but good luck to Ack Attack and bring that record home . We need something to cheer about in this age of insanity .

    As to why the Salt has become locus idoneus . It is due to a combination of mining , horrendous environmental abuses by Utah and Salt Lake City , ill conceived dredging etc – et al – ad nauseam with the rain playing only a minor role especially this year as the area and Utah in general are in the midst of an epic drought

  8. 8 dicky lee Jul 6th, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    its the amount that macdonalds have been stealing and putting in those little bags to put on yer fries.

  9. 9 larry coleman Jul 10th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    All the best to the Ack Attack crew and to the solo riders Al Lamb and Ralph Hudson who will also be attempting FIM records. It is possible this endeavor will see the first 400 and 300 mph motorcycles !!

  10. 10 ramsay bdi Jul 10th, 2017 at 11:44 am

    go rocky may the gods of salt be with you all the luck

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