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Robbie Maddison Shatters Motorcycle Jumping Distance Record

Written by  December 31, 2007

Australian freestyle motocross jumper Robbie “Maddo” Maddison electrified a live television audience watching ESPN’s New Year, No Limits special by jumping his Honda CR 500 more than the length of a football field at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The spectacular jump, dedicated by Robbie to the late Evel Knievel, broke the old record of 310 feet, 4 inches, set by Ryan Capes in October, 2005, and set the new Guinness-certified mark at 322 feet, 7 ½ inches.

Shortly after the ball dropped in Times Square signifying the beginning of 2008, Robbie prepared for his record-setting attempt. After a few wheelies and a practice pass, Maddo was ready. The first part of the approach was a curving path through a parking garage. Accelerating to a speed of more than 90 mph, Robbie hit his narrow takeoff ramp, soared to a height of more than 60 feet, and touched down perfectly on his huge dirt landing ramp.

Maddo’s first reaction was not relief to have successfully completed the death-defying stunt. Instead it was disappointment that, due to a headwind, he had not reached his goal of 360 feet. During the ESPN post-jump interview, Robbie expressed his gratitude to ESPN, his sponsor Red Bull, and the audience. He was then informed of the exact distance. The ESPN reporter asked him, “What are you going to do now?” He said, “Right now? I’m going to jump this thing again!” Amazingly enough, as soon as the area could be cleared Robbie made a second attempt. Although the second wind-hindered jump failed to exceed the distance of the first, it was astonishing that Robbie was ready to jump again so quickly. Congratulations to the new record holder!

For more information on Robbie Maddison check out his web site at www.robbiemaddison.com.

By Stripe