Santa Monica, Calif. (December 29, 2007) – The grass has been laid, the ramp is in place and the dirt landing has been piled high (very high) - the Red Bull Experiment is ready to go, unfortunately with one less test of the laws of physics, on New Year’s Eve at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Robbie Maddison, a freestyle motocross star from Australia, will attempt to jump over the length of a football field to set a Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle jump. “Maddo” will literally be leaping into 2008, as he is scheduled for launch at midnight on the East Coast (9:00 p.m. on the West Coast).
This New Year’s Eve promises to be a night to remember. In addition to Maddison’s jump into 2008, the party will be complete with live acts by music stars Angels & Airwaves, beats laid down by Mix Master Mike and a set by alt rockers Boys Like Girls. The Red Bull Air Force will skydive out of the darkness and the TNT freestyle motocross team will throw down tricks with style. And where there is a football field, there of course is a marching band. Due to Rhys Millen’s practice incident, the on-site show schedule has changed. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. and the live event program will now end at 10:00 p.m.
Maddison, who hails from the town of Kiama, two hours south of Sydney, has achieved tremendous success in the freestyle motocross world and is already the owner of two world records – for the longest jump on a 125cc motorcycle (221 feet) and the longest jump with a trick (246 feet). Come New Year’s Eve, “Maddo” is planning to add to his resume and become the standard-bearer for distance jumping.
“I’m really excited about jumping that football field on New Year’s Eve. My training has been going well and I feel ready to go 360 feet,” said Maddison. “I’m sorry Rhys won’t be there to flip his truck, but that’s the nature of experiments; they either succeed or you have to go back to the drawing board. We’re top athletes and the things we do involve risk, but calculated risk, and I know he’ll bounce back very soon!”
BRING YOUR POM-POMS
Tickets for the public to witness the Red Bull Experiment can be purchased for $12 at www.newyearnolimits.com and at the Rio Box Office. Day-of tickets will be available as well.
Maddison’s Red Bull Experiment will air live on New Year, No Limits: New Year's on ESPN, which will begin immediately after the Chick-fil-A Bowl game, approximately 11:15 p.m. ET / 8:15 p.m. PT, and end at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. PT.
For additional information on Maddison and the Red Bull Experiment, please visit www.redbullexperiment.com and for hi-res images, free for media use, visit www.redbull-photofiles.com. For information on ESPN, please visit www.espnmediazone.com. For information about the Rio, please visit www.riolasvegas.com.