Travis Pastrana Lands 3 Of Evel Knievel's Legendary Jumps

09 Juillet, 2018, 20:40 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Travis Pastrana outside of Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip

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.

Finally, in the night's main event, Pastrana recreated Knievel's 1965 attempt to jump over the fountain at Caesar's Palace.

After his first two jumps over the cars and buses, Pastrana had a police escort while riding the same motorcycle along Las Vegas Boulevard all while popping wheelies and stopping to high-five and shake hands with fans.

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Pastrana, who is nearing the end of an impressive career as a stunt showman and professional motorsports competitor, admitted he was nervous leading up to the event, which began in an empty lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally's Las Vegas.

Prior to making the final jump, Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live, "This has been absolutely incredible". Knievel famously crashed after missing the landing on that jump. I proposed to my wife here. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely the coolest thing I've ever been able to do". In 1975, Knievel jumped 14 buses. 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. "I made my dreams come true and hopefully everyone enjoyed the show".

The first stunt takes aim at at Knievel's 1973 jump over 50 stacked, crushed cars, lined up 18 abreast, for 120 feet at the L.A. Coliseum. The jump may prove even more hard for Pastrana because changes to Caesars Palace means he will have a shorter approach and smaller run-out area. Pastrana cleared 16 Greyhound buses Sunday.

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