Robbie Maddison

Robbie Maddison

Paris Las Vegas on 31st December 2009

Robbie Maddison (born July 14, 1981) is an Australian motorbike rider from the town of Kiama, New South Wales.

Growing up in Kiama Downs he developed his passion for riding by competing in national motocross events.

He finished school at Kiama High and took up an electrician apprenticeship, before further following his passion for riding.

On December 31, 2007, (on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace), Maddison broke the world motorcycle jumping record[1], traveling 322 feet 7.5 inches (98.34 meters) on a motorbike. He repeated the event immediately afterwards, successfully landing the jump, as his fiancee Amy looked on. His second attempt, however, did not go as far as the first jump. Maddison was uninjured from either jump. (Credit: Wikipedia).


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Aussie breaks world motorcycle jump record - 2nd January 2008
Maddison soars 322 feet, 7 1/2 inches at Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel

LAS VEGAS - Robbie Maddison broke the world motorcycle jumping record Monday night, soaring 322 feet, 7½ inches at the Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel.

Facing a slight headwind, the freestyle star from Australia made a second jump, but went only 320 feet on that attempt.

“I’m just starting to realize what I did,” Maddison said. “Conditions weren’t in my favor with the wind.”

Maddison broke the Guinness World Records-certified mark of 277-6 set by Trigger Gumm in 2005 in Australia, and the non-certified mark of 310-4 set by Ryan Capes in Kent, Wash., also in 2005.

During practice Sunday night, Maddison jumped 350 feet. It was unclear if that jump would be certified as the record.

“We had terrific conditions,” Maddison said of the practice jump.

On Monday night, Maddison landed in perfect control on both attempts, sailing over a drawn-in football field and coming down on a large dirt landing area.

He was asked how far he thinks he can jump.

“Four hundred feet,” Maddison said. “I know I’m definitely going to do it.”



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