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A New World Record for a New Year: 322 feet, 7 1/2 inches

By January 1, 2008

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Robbie Maddison

Daredevil and freestyle rider Robbie Maddison broke the world record for a motorcycle jump on New Year's Eve at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The successful 322 foot, 7 1/2 inch leap was completed on a Honda CR500 in spite of a 10-12 mph headwind, and Maddison dedicated the jump to the late, great Evel Knievel.

"It was just such a shame [Knievel] wasn't here to see the jump as he has always said it couldn't be done," Maddison later said. And because motorcycle daredevils would lose credibility without a touch of hubris, Maddison teased another upcoming jump by adding, "I know I can go further than tonight. I wasn't going to show my full hand before March 29."

Click on this time lapse photo for a larger view of the historic jump, and stay tuned to find out if Maddison breaks records, bones, or both the next time around.

Photo Getty Images Sport

January 2, 2008 at 1:25 pm
(1) Scottie says:

Glad he made it and it’s a nice accomplishment, but I prefer to keep my tires on the ground.

January 3, 2008 at 7:56 am
(2) Baghdad John says:

Great accomplishment. Evel Knievel was the master showman, though. And, during a time of master showmen i.e. Mohammed Ali, Gorgeous George, P.T. Barnum, Evel fit right in!

January 8, 2008 at 11:11 pm
(3) Christian Swanson says:

Cool photo.

January 9, 2008 at 4:44 am
(4) Abe says:

Yes he took great risks to achieve this. So what is the point?

May 29, 2008 at 2:22 am
(5) Baghdad John says:

The point is like a wildcatter in the oilfield. You put EVERYTHING on the line for a chance of immortality, greatness, being #1, etc, etc.

January 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(6) Jerri Solomon says:

good luck

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