Robbie Maddison Smashes Distance Record in PracticeThursday, March 27, 2008 | 4:30 AM
Maddison smashes his own world record during practice for the Crusty Night of World Records at Melbourne’s Calder Park today
MARCH 27, 2008 -- Australia’s own Evel Knievel, Robbie Maddison, this afternoon smashed his own world record, for the longest distance jumped on a motorcycle, with an astonishing leap of 346ft.
Treacherous conditions have prevented him from training all week, but after a few smaller training jumps today Maddison was ready to see exactly what his modified Honda CR500 and ramp could do.
The winds were still in the 30 to 40 km/h range but not wanting to wait any longer, he took the risk and hit the ramp.
“I have been saying all week how far I know I can jump and it is so good to go out there and prove it today. I have now broken my own record in training and I definitely have much more in the tank for Saturday night.”
Maddison was jumping in front of a host of onlookers who were shocked and amazed at the extreme distances he was going, hitting the take off ramp at almost 160 km/h, flying over 70 feet in the air and in the end jumping 24feet further than his New Years Eve jump in Las Vegas.
His challengers, Seth Enslow and Ryan Capes were watching on and now know it is going to take a huge feat to surpass the new world record of 346 feet.
“The bar has definitely been raised, it is not just talk anymore there is action behind it,” said Capes. The distances we are going to jump on Saturday night are going to blow fans minds. Maddison is jumping well, but I know I can still get him. It’s going to be a huge distance.”
This attempt will round out what is set to be an incredible evening of entertainment. As well as 17 other separate world record attempts, the event will feature an integrated pyrotechnics display and the sounds of home-grown bands Dead Letter Circus, Mammal and Kill the Capital.
Great tickets are still available to be part of history on Saturday night and can be purchased from www.crusty.com. Tickets will also be available at the venue from lunchtime Saturday. Gates open at 2pm with the first band playing at 4pm.
The Crusty Demons Night of World Records presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is definitely shaping up to the greatest event in extreme sports history. As well as hosting 18 world record attempts, the event will feature a full Crusty Demons freestyle motocross show with star riders including world number one Nate Adams and X Games gold medalist Adam Jones as well as freaks and the gorgeous Crusty Babes.
The purpose-built down-ramp which is the biggest ever constructed had its first real test today. It is 35 feet high, 160 feet long and 60 feet wide, and uses 25,000 tonnes of dirt, costing a total of $300,000 to create.
In total, the arena contains 40,000 tons of dirt and cost promoters over one million dollars to create.