Record bungy jump — on a motorbike


Australian motorbike stunt performer Robbie Maddison yesterday claimed the highest moto bungy jump in the world from Queenstown’s Nevis Bungy.

Maddison took a 50cc KTM motorcycle from the platform, freefalling 134m for about 8.5 seconds in what was also a Queenstown first.

The 42-year-old beat his own world record, achieved in San Diego in 2011, for the longest motorcycle jump of 115m - but vertically at 134m.

In New Zealand to perform at the 2023 Freestyle Kings Tour in Christchurch this weekend, Maddison, a freestyle motocross rider, was on the hunt for a daredevil stunt which had never been done before.

"I had the idea to come and leap off New Zealand’s most notorious bungy jump on a motorbike ... I thought, ‘why not?’," he said.

Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison launches from the AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy...
Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison launches from the AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy Bridge in Queenstown yesterday, on his way to breaking a world record. Photo: AJ Hackett Bungy
He had previously broken distance records launching over a football field on live television, jumped across an open Tower Bridge in London, incorporating a backflip for good measure, and surfed his dirtbike on the Tahitian wave Teahupo’o.

In Queenstown yesterday, he completed a test jump - without the motorcycle - which he described as "some of the scariest freefall I’ve ever done".

"I’m a confident skydiver, but that is just a different rush, and when you’re watching the ground come toward your face, and then you’re bouncing back away from it, [it was] absolutely surreal."

And as soon as he was strapped on to his bike "I started feeling more at home" - so much so he pulled a backflip during the freefall.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

 

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