Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Robbie Maddison sets motorcycle jump world record

Mr Maddison wasn't, apparently, able to book tickets on a low-fare airline. So he decided to take the bike instead...

Australian freestyle / motocross rider, Robbie Maddison had a different kind of party going on the 31st of December last year. At an event held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas in the US, Maddison jumped his Honda CR500, clearing 98 metres (that’s 322 feet, 7.5 inches...) and set a new world record in process. The earlier motorcycle jump record stood at 277 feet.

Maddison, who soared to a height of more than 60 feet during the jump, hit the ramp at a speed of 150km/h and cleared 98 metres without any apparent trouble. The Aussie stunt-king, who later dedicated the jump to the late Evel Knievel, says he’s ‘a little disappointed,’ and that he’ll try and jump 100 metres on the 29th of March this year, in Melbourne, Australia.

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