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.
Motorcycle daredevil Travis Pastrana pulled off an incredible triple feat in Las Vegas by successfully recreating three of late stuntman Evel Knievel's most famous jumps on live TV.
Last but not least is the famous jump over the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas.
"It's just been a lot of fun, but really, this is the one that matters the most to me", Pastrana said.
Prior to making the final jump, Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live, "This has been absolutely incredible".
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"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", Pastrana added.
Pastrana then capped things off with one final and successful jump: he ran and jumped into the fountain, a fitting ending to one of the most outstanding extreme motorsports events ever seen. The History Channel notes that this is the jump that will require the highest speed and longest run-up.
"Man it's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps", Pastrana said in an interview after the jump.
And, in the end, Pastrana did what any of us would have done if we had just completed a deadly 149-foot jump over a water fountain on a 340 pound bike. Knievel famously did not stick the landing when he tried this stunt in 1967 and broke more than 40 bones. "I made my dreams come true and hopefully everyone enjoyed the show". 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.