Travis Pastrana Lands 3 Of Evil Knievel's Iconic Jumps

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

Travis Pastrana successfully landed three motorcycle jumps in tribute to the legendary Evel Knievel. He concluded the event by sailing 149 feet (45 meters) over the fountains at Caesars Palace.

Pastrana will attempt to re-create, in order, Knievel's famous auto jump, bus jump and the aforementioned Caesars fountain.

The event took place in Las Vegas Sunday and was produced and aired live by The History Channel.


That was not the case for Pastrana, even though he had a significantly smaller area for both takeoff and landing due to capital improvements and expansion of the same area over the years after Knievel made his jump attempt more than 50 years ago. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely the coolest thing I've ever been able to do". When Knievel attempted the same jump in 1967, he crashed and suffered extensive injuries. 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. 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. He crushed his pelvis and fractured several other bones.

"I've had a front row seat for everything Travis has done since 2003, and I can tell you this is extra special because Evel Knievel is somebody Travis has 100 percent has looked up to his whole entire life, and me as well", said "Streetbike" Tommy Passemante, a member of Pastrana's action sports collective Nitro Circus posse. In 1973, Knievel traveled 120 feet when he jumped over 50 crushed cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "This is the greatest thing to pay homage to the greatest to ever do it". Pastrana cleared 16 Greyhound buses Sunday.

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