Freestyle

Robbie Maddison in hospital after Melbourne jump crash

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Multiple Guinness World Record Holder, freestyle motorcyclist Robbie Maddison has crashed while warming up to perform a freestyle demonstration for a large contingent of Melbourne media this morning. Maddison last made headlines after shattering the world record for the longest distance jumped on a motorbike on New Year‰Ûªs Eve in Las Vegas, soaring the length of a football field, an incredible 322 feet. On his first return to Australia, the ‰Û÷modern day Evel Knievel‰Ûª was set to backflip with the Melbourne city skyline in the background at Waterfront City, Docklands. Typically unpredictable weather closed in, but not wanting to disappoint, Maddison pressed on with his first jump, executing the trick perfectly. However on the way down he was hit by a gust of wind and landed awkwardly, crashing on the metal lander and concrete floor. Maddison was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital where a large cut and puncture on his hip and stomach were checked. He may require surgery tonight, however at the time of release he is in hospital under supervision being examined. ‰ÛÏThere was a slight drizzle and a bit of a crosswind but I was confident that the move could still be safely pulled off,‰Û

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