Maddison, Robbie Robbie Maddison, an Australian motorbike stuntman, set the current record leap of 351 feet in March of 2008. The previous record was held by a Frenchman named Jean-Pierre Bédaride at 300 feet.
Bédaride had beaten the record that Maddison had established only three months earlier. At the time, no one knew it but this would be the last time anyone would break 300 feet.
In February of 2009, Maddison again broke the record with a jump of 348 feet at a festival in Australia. He has since been beaten out by another Australian stuntman called Troy Bayliss who leaped 375 feet at a bike race in India in 2015.
Bayliss has also gone on to beat Maddison's other records including longest jump on a motorcycle (501 feet) and highest speed over 200 miles per hour (320 km/h).
So overall, Maddison is now second behind Bayliss as the guy who has made the biggest jump on a motorcycle. He has leapt to fame after videos of his stunts online went viral. One video in particular showed him jumping over a car and landing on two motorcycles, all while playing guitar!
[March 29] MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Robbie Maddison achieved the Guinness record for the longest motorbike leap by jumping around 107 meters (346 ft). The previous record was set in 2011 by Damon Hill at 96 meters (318 ft).
The Australian rider took to the ramp at the Melbourne Motorplex on Saturday and rode a Honda VFR750F across several mats before landing in a roll. He then got off and did some jumps of his own before taking photos with fans and signing autographs.
He said it felt amazing and that he's now ready for next year's MotoGP season. "I'm really happy that I broke the record and looking forward to riding in the world championship in 2015," he said. The new record will be recognized by the governing body for world records, the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Since its founding in 1909, the organization has certified people as long-distance runners, but now also includes athletes from other sports such as swimming, cycling, and walking.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Paddy Treacy confirmed the record after reviewing video of the jump.
Robbie Maddison holds the world record for the longest motorcycle leap. Maddison accelerated to above 165 km/h on his customized Honda CR500 motorbike. The 22-year-old Australian rider surpassed the previous record by 20 cm.
Maddison said after the jump that he had been trying to break the record for one year and finally succeeded. He added that he would like to thank everyone who has supported him during his attempt at this new record. "I'm absolutely thrilled," he said. "It's been my dream to jump this far and I'm really happy that it came true."
The Australian rider made the leap from a bridge over the Monash freeway in Melbourne. He was accompanied by only two people: a cameraman and a photographer. No safety equipment was used by Maddison during the attempt.
He started his bike from about 50 meters away from the end of the bridge and raced toward it at full speed. As soon as he reached the middle of the span, he jumped off the bike and flew through the air, clearing the car lanes by about 10 feet (3 m). After landing in the road, he got back on his bike and continued down the road at high speed.
Mike Powell holds the world record for the long jump, jumping 8.95 meters. On March 2, Echevarria won the world indoor long jump title and defeated global championship medalists Jeff Henderson and Luvo Manyonga on Sunday. The 21-year-old from Cuba jumped 7.97 meters (26' 1"), breaking away from a pack that included two athletes who have held the record previously: Henderson and Manyonga. It was the first time two different men have won back-to-back titles since 1952 and 2004, respectively.
Athletes in all types of weather conditions can jump far. It is estimated that 75% of all long jumpers will fail to clear the distance initially, but they still receive a legal mark when coming down off the board.
The greatest jumps are usually seen in warm weather when the air is stable. A cool night with no wind makes it easier for an athlete to prepare for battle in the morning.
Men can jump farther than women because their bones and muscles contain more hydrogen ions. This means there are more positive charges orbiting the nucleus of each cell in their bodies so they need less energy to propel themselves through space.
Women's long jump records begin to fall faster as they approach the age of 30 because most female long jumpers suffer from low estrogen levels after they give birth.
Tommy Clowers accomplished a motorcycle jump height of 7.62 m (25 ft) off the top of a 3.04 m (10 ft) ramp following a run up of 12.19 m (40 ft) at Guinness World Records: Primetime on January 21, 2001 at Van Nuys Airport, California, USA.
Robert "Evel" Knievel, who was born on this day in 1938, was a stuntman who captivated audiences with his dangerous motorcycle leaps. Knievel upped the ante after his initial leap in 1965, making additional record-breaking jumps (and breaking many bones) while wearing his characteristic leather jumpsuits.
Robbie Maddison's world record is just over 20 feet (6 m). His bike was also modified to produce more downforce, so it should be able to jump further if the conditions are the same as those on which he made the record.
The man who holds the previous record is Dave Mirra, with a jump of nearly 18 feet (5.4 m). He achieved this feat at X Games Austin in 2003. You can watch a video of his jump here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAO7qKk9HJE
You may wonder why there is no official record for a motorcycle jump. The answer is that most riders don't have enough time in their lives to attempt everything possible, so they pick one thing to specialize in. For example, some riders may focus on downhill racing, others may focus on flatland stunts, and still others may focus on jumping.
It's also worth mentioning that the best place to find out who has the longest jump is at an international flatground stunt competition. These events are held annually and worldwide rankings are published after each event.
Robbie Knievel broke his world record of 223 feet with space to spare while clearing a portion of the Grand Canyon on Thursday. Knievel soared 55 feet into the air over the 200-foot-wide chasm at 90 mph on a regular 500-cc motorbike, while a throng of around 500 cheered. The previous record was set in 1983 when Rick Miller flew over the canyon at 70 mph on a modified Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The stunt drew attention to the fact that the Grand Canyon is now on the National Park Service's list of "most endangered sites." Threats to the park include development on surrounding land and pollution from nearby mines. Grand Canyon National Park has also become an important stop for cyclists as they tour America's national parks. In recent years, several riders have been killed while riding through the park.
People have been trying to ride their motorcycles over the Grand Canyon since it was first built five million years ago. Motorcycles are very efficient at traversing short distances at high speeds, which is exactly what the early explorers needed to move across the vast expanse of open land. They used whatever means were available, including horses, mules, donkeys, and later vehicles, but always on two wheels.
In 1919, Ed Leedsaar became the first person to drive a vehicle over its present-day trail, known then as the Arizona Trail.