Las Vegas, Nevada (January 1, 2008) -- Australian motocross superstar RobbieMaddison literally leapt into the pages of the Guinness Book of WorldRecords by jumping his motorcycle 322 feet 7½ inches over the length of aregulation football field to shatter the previous record of 277 feet at theRio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The jump was the first-ever RedBull Experiment, which involves world-class athletes attempting world-firstathletic achievements.
Telecast live on ESPN’s New Year, No Limits program shortly after the balldropped in Times Square signifying 2008, Maddison hit the take-off ramp at94 miles per hour on his Honda CR 500, reaching a height of more than 60feet, and soared into history.
“I came here to jump a football field, said Maddison. “Conditions weren’tperfect, but I’m happy with the result. Yesterday in rehearsal, I went 350feet and I knew 360 feet was achievable. We did all we could, but the windsplayed a bigger factor than we planned. But this is called the Red BullExperiment, and we didn’t know what the outcome would be. I just want tothank everyone that made this jump possible and a big thanks to all thefans who came out to support me. This is just the beginning.
A who’s who of action and motorsports superstars cheered Maddo on,including Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, 2006 MotoGP World ChampionNicky Hayden, Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard and the family of the lateEvel Knievel, to whom Maddison dedicated his world record-breaking feat.
Maddison, who hails from the town of Kiama, two hours south of Sydney, hasachieved tremendous success in the freestyle motocross world and is alsothe owner of two additional world records -- for the longest jump on a 125ccmotorcycle (221 feet) and the longest jump with a trick (246 feet).
Other notable guests in attendance included five-time 500cc Grand PrixWorld Champion Mick Doohan, AMA Superbike racers Ben and Eric Bostrom,freestyle motocrossers Tommy Clowers, Mike Metzger and Ronnie Faisst,former motocross racer Ernesto Fonseca, X Games BMX Big Air gold medalistKevin Robinson, skateboard legend Danny Way, big wave surf legend RossClarke Jones, snowboard superstar Travis Rice, NASCAR driver Scott Speedand skateboarder Jake Brown.
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