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Many FMX riders have wanted to jump across the Corinth Canal in Greece, which was built in 1893. But Robbie Maddison, the Australian, was the first to succeed. He rushed his Honda 500cc two-stroke up through a turn-filled approach past a pool, across a soccer pitch and past a chicken coop to a speed of 125 km/h (78 mph).
Robbie Maddison rocketed into 2008 with a one huge leap. He jumped his motorcycle 322 feet, 7.5 inches to break the world record at the Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. A jump longer than the distance of a football
He followed it up later that year with strong finishes on the AST Dew Tour and Red Bull X-Fighters series. He ended 2008 back in Vegas, jumping his bike onto the top of the 96-foot-high Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas and then freefell off of it, at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., again on ESPN.
Even with his early age on the bike, Robbie’s rapid rise through the FMX ranks came as a bit of a surprise to almost everyone in the sport. Even more surprisingly, he gives some credit for his success to a serious leg break he suffered at a Red Bull X-Fighters event in Ireland.
"In some ways that injury was the best thing that could have happened to me, because it helped me refocus on how important this whole adventure around the world is to me," Robbie says.
Click video to see and hear Robbie Maddison in Greece (on his latest venture) as he prepares for and executes this amazing Corinth Canal jump.