People look at riders like Travis Pastrana, Levi Lavelle, or Robbie Maddison and see nothing but a couple of adrenaline junkies. But the truth is, they're scientists. (Probably mad scientists). There's a lot more to breaking a world record motorcycle jump than just riding fast. Everything is precisely calculated to make sure that the rider is safe, and that fans are captivated.
This year, Robbie Maddison will attempt to break his own world record at this year's No Limits Event in Las Vegas.
Maddison will be attempting to jump more than 391 feet during his stunt on New Year's Eve. Maddison will be joined by Levi Lavellee, who will be attempting to break his world record by jumping his snowmobile more than 361 feet.
"Jumping long distances is a passion of mine, and I'm excited to come back for New Year's Eve and sail over San Diego Harbor," Maddison said. "Four-hundred feet is my goal. It's not all about getting the world record to me, it's more about understanding this feat and the commitment ahead to achieving what most would consider an impossible jump."
Here's a look at the science behind their motorcycle stunts.