Travis Pastrana successfully triplicates iconic motorcycle jumps

Travis Pastrana successfully triplicates iconic motorcycle jumps

Travis Pastrana successfully triplicates iconic motorcycle jumps

Travis Pastrana, a multi-time X Games victor, NASCAR driver and co-founder of the Nitro Circus, successfully accomplished an incredible stunt on Sunday when he jumped 140 feet over the fountains of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Last night in Las Vegas, motorsports pro Travis Pastrana replicated three of Evel Knievel's iconic jumps, including one that Knievel failed to complete during his legendary run as high-flying daredevil.

In jump number one, Pastrana tackled Knievel's 50-car, 120-feet jump he completed in 1973. The second jump involved breaking Knievel's record of jumping 14 Greyhound buses by jumping 16 buses for a total of 192 feet; and again, he made it look easy. The 34-year-old motocross icon, race vehicle driver, and all-around daredevil performed three jumps in Las Vegas.

That ended the night for Pastrana, who dove into the Caesar's Palace fountains to celebrate his successful throwback to a different time of spectacle in America. The 2018 version of the jump included 52 cars for a total of 143 feet to clear.

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

The History channel broadcast the event under the title "Evel Live".

The 34-year-old Pastrana celebrated by taking one final jump ─ without his motorcycle ─ into the fountain. "This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done".

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He set up the vehicle and bus jumps in the huge service area behind the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - and did all his practice jumps on his usual dirtbike because the big Indian street-bike was completely unsuitable as a jumper. The other two jumps I had enough time to hit my marks exactly flawless.

All three took place over the course of a few hours in Las Vegas, Pastrana rattling through them with nearly ruthless efficiency.

"This (jumping the fountain) is definitely the most technical".

"Man, this is just an awesome honor", Pastrana said of clearing two of three jumps in record fashion.

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".

Pastrana then did some burnouts to celebrate the feat.

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