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Daredevil Travis Pastrana Lands Iconic Evel Knievel Motorcycle Jumps

09 July 2018, 11:47 | Myron Mathis

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

In what was billed as a tribute to Evel Knievel, daredevil Travis Pastrana attempted three of Knievel's motorcycle jumps on Sunday in Las Vegas ― and in the process, he bested the famed stunt performer three times.

Prior to making the final jump, Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live, "This has been absolutely incredible".

On Sunday, Pastrana embodied the spirit of a daredevil that came before him, Evel Knievel, breaking three of his records with three successive jumps in Las Vegas.

Travis Pastrana celebrates after jumping the fountain at Caesars Palace on a motorcycle Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Left with just 200 feet to accelerate to 70 miles per hour before the ramp, Pastrana said, "It's not the longest jump, but it's definitely the hardest".

"Man I tell you what, it's been such an honor".


Knievel crashed just before the landing ramp during his attempt in 1967, crushing his pelvis and fracturing several bones.

"The other jumps I was able to keep the bike nice and cool", he explained. "This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done". Wearing his own Knievel-like outfit, he then jumped 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses, beating Knievel's failed attempt to do the same at Wembley Stadium in London in 1975.

"It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps and literally his boots", Pastrana said, via ESPN.

Pastrana jumped the fountain in the opposite direction Knievel did. And to replicate the kind of bikes his predecessor jumped, Pastrana will do it on an Indian Scout FTR750 - not one of the much lighter motorcross dirt bikes typically ridden in the X Games events.

After finishing with a few burnouts, Pastrana celebrated his triplicating feat by diving into the fountain.



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