2012 New Year’s Eve San Diego Bay Jump
For motorsports fans, one of the highlights of New Year’s Eve was the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event that was telecast live from San Diego, Calif., on ESPN.
This year’s feat was huge…and we mean huge; during the Red Bull event, snowmobile stuntman Levi LaVallee and motorcycle stuntman Robbie "Maddo" Maddison simultaneously broke some world jump records.
Maddison, 30, originally from Australia but living in Temecula, Calif., broke his previous record of 351 feet, 3 inches by more than 30 feet, landing 378 feet, 9 inches from the take-off ramp.
Robbie "Maddo" Maddison (Yamaha YZ-F450) says: "It’s a cool feeling to do what I do and have the backing I do. I was confident we were going to go a long way tonight and we’re going to come back and go even further."
LaVallee, 29, of Longville, Minn., broke his existing record of 361 feet with a jump of 412 feet, 6 inches.
Levi LaVallee says: "I’m as excited as I think a person can be. I just landed an over 400-foot jump. I’m not sure how the sled’s doing, but I’m OK, so it was good. It’s an amazing feeling. You have no idea how pumped I am."
The video attached above shows the Red Bull. New Year. No Limit jump.
About the riders (courtesy of ESPN):
Robbie "Maddo" Maddison boasts an accomplished freestyle motocross career, with an X Games silver medal in 2010 in Moto X Best Trick and two wins on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour (Calgary 2009 and Madrid 2010). He also has a successful history of record-breaking achievements and globally captivating feats. Among them are backflipping across the Tower Bridge in London and clearing the Corinth Canal in Greece, to go with his previous New Year’s Eve successes, beginning in 2007 when he jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.
Levi LaVallee is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist (four golds) and champion snocross racer. He is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in 2009 at the Winter X Games. Despite the temperate climate in San Diego, LaVallee used artificial turf on his run-up path, which provided the necessary grip for his snowmobile’s track to ensure maximum speed as he hit the take-off ramp.