Alex Harvill, a daredevil motorbike rider, died in a crash while rehearsing for a record jump on Thursday.
According to the Grant County Coroner’s Office, Harvill was practicing at the Grant County International Airport near Moses Lake, Washington, when the accident occurred.
Alex Harvill dies in a terrible motorcycle accident while preparing the world record for jumping, Harvill, a specialist in this type of maneuvering, was practicing the jump at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington. pic.twitter.com/ROhzNhRPME
The record attempt was scheduled for Thursday morning at the Moses Lake Airshow, but he was killed in a warmup jump before the attempt. It was the first of the three-day show’s scheduled events.
Harvill was hoping to break Robbie Maddison’s distance record for the longest motorbike leap, which he set in March 2008 at 351 feet. He already held the record for the longest distance jump from dirt to dirt, which he set in 2013 at slightly over 297 feet.
Alex Harvill, a US daredevil, was killed in a warm-up jump during a world record attempt to jump a motorcycle 107 meters.
Harvill’s world record attempt was advertised as part of the Moses Lake Air Show in Washington State, where he would attempt to break the current world record of 106.98 meters for the longest motorcycle ramp jump. However, he crashed during a practice jump just before the main event.
The crash was captured on video, and it shows him successfully taking off from the ramp before landing just short of the dirt ramp on the far side of the jump. Instead, he collides with the dirt ramp’s lip.
The Moses Lake Airshow announced on its Facebook page that he was hurt during the warm-up jump and was rushed to the hospital. He died a short time later, according to the Grant County Coroner.
The incident has left Robbie Maddison, the Australian world record holder whose jump Harvill was attempting to beat, “shattered.”
He said, “He had flown a motorcycle further than anyone else has and was out to set a new world record when he paid the ultimate price,”
JUST IN: Experienced daredevil and stuntman Alex Harvill, 28, has died after crashing while gearing up for an attempt at a world record 351-foot motorcycle jump. The fatal crash occurred on a practice attempt of 150-feet. pic.twitter.com/nAGcmWwRkr
RIP Alex Harvill, I never got the chances to meet him but he was close with some of my bmx homies and guys that used to put on the bmx jams back in day, was going for the world record distance jump today and had an accident on a practice jump. 😞 pic.twitter.com/MaR07IqaBV
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