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Pastrana Lands New Year No Limits Jump

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana almost doubled the rally car distance jump record with a 274-ft flight off the Long Beach pier for the latest Red Bull New Year No Limits event.
Travis Pastrana rang in the New Year with a new world record, jumping his rally car at the Red Bull New Year No Limits event in Long Beach, California. The popular off-road star drove his Subaru off the Long Beach pier and flew 269 feet in the air before landing on a floating barge in the harbor.

Pastrana's jump wasn't without some drama, with an unexpectedly hard landing. Unable to brake as planned, the car slid sideways before slamming into the barrier fence. Pastrana later commented the landing surface was much slicker than expected.

Immediately after landing, the nine-time X Games gold medalist jumped out of the car under his own power without injury. Jogging up to the top of the landing ramp, the Nitro Circus star celebrated before the crowd. Then, in fitting Pastrana fashion, he backflipped off the ramp and into the water below.

In a press release for the event, Pastrana said of his stunt: "I was really nervous all day long, but when I got in the car I felt really calm. It was definitely a lot more fun than any of my practice runs, and when I landed, man did that retaining wall come up fast! I'm just happy the car and I didn't end up in the drink. What a way to head into 2010!"

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Matt -Whiners  January 5, 2010 03:17 PM
Uh... Travis Pastrana is perhaps the most popular motorcycle personality in the United States. His stunts, in a car or on two wheels, merit coverage. Wonder why Racer X covered it. And Dirt Rider... And, well, why argue. Keep whining friends.
Aaron G -What a joke  January 5, 2010 02:33 PM
Maybe we can report on a tractor pull next.No more car stuff on here I dont care if Steve Mcqueen rises up and drives a Mustang around SF tommorrow[well maybe that I might care about].
Frak! -Ummmm  January 4, 2010 09:42 AM
Isnt this www.MOTORCYCLE-usa.com...

Not www.morestupidcrap-usa.com
Victor M - Jump  January 4, 2010 05:38 AM
Nancy -nervous  January 3, 2010 03:07 PM
What was he "nervous"about before the jump?They musta planned it for like 15 minutes.Kinda lame for a New Years thingy I think.
thewall -Well put  January 3, 2010 07:44 AM
SEAN well put. SAM I guess because he is/has been such a big part of motorcycling that whatever he does gets press in the motorcycle community. Personally I liked Robbie Maddison's NYE jump for 2009 much more. That was impressive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLejkyXbJlc.
Sam from AZ -Crasher  January 3, 2010 06:12 AM
Some people are impressed by the hype of alleged stunts,I'm not.What does this have to do with Motorcycles anyway?His stunts should all include that tune from "Deliverence" with the banjo's.
Sean -Pastrana/Evel  January 2, 2010 08:11 PM
I'm not trying to dis Evel at all. That guy was the original no question. He was also a heck of a showman and one of those rare people that had a way of speaking that really drew you in. A lot of what made Evel such a sensation was his ability to build anticipation for his stunts before he actually performed them. He had a real sense of drama. That said I don't think he's the kind of guy that would have methodically practiced the way Pastrana did to learn a double backflip or the 720. He was a gutsy, hard living guy that had no fear of his own mortality. Pastrana has some of those qualities but he's of a different ilk. He's a gifted athelete with the determination and drive to push every limit there is. Unlike Evel I don't think he has a mean bone in his body but I do sometimes question his judgement. I wish him all the best but you can only push the limits for so long before it ends in tragedy. For Travis I certainly hope that day never comes but he is testing the boundries that's for sure. I have to admit though, I continue to watch what he does in amazement. Any true dirt rider understands the things he does are extraordinary and beyond the capabilities of all but a few that are able and willing to attempt such things.

adam -jump  January 2, 2010 08:01 PM
was stupid--but tp199 is the mang@!
David -Why all the hate  January 2, 2010 07:54 PM
Firstly where do people get off calling Pastrana a talentless Hillbilly? He happens to be a very talented rally driver. He's competed in a few stages in WRC and is looking to make the move to WRC permanently. He has won the US rally championship for the past three years in a row. Also he competed in supercross and was pretty good at that. I agree that the stuntmen today put Evel to shame. Yeah his equipment was rubbish, but how many jumps did the guy actually land? He was a womanizer and a flamboyant showman, little more. I know I'm hating on Evel but the guy was not a nice man. Granted he was a pioneer.
Eugene C -Planning  January 2, 2010 04:59 PM
Not a hater but,who did the planning on that landing zone?The 3 stooges.Well maybe I am a hater cause I feel he's an over-hyped douche.Go out and win an off-road race or a Supercross and prove your just not a glorified hillbilly.
thewall -wow, such negativity  January 2, 2010 03:04 PM
I'm amazed everyone is so negative towards Pastrana and what he is doing. He is a showman whose show is stunts and he is performing (and doing it very well). FELICIA, why is that any more self-absorbed than say a magician, actor, musician, football player, comedian, motorcycle racer, etc? People are showing up in big numbers to see him perform so it's not like he is forcing himself on the public. Stupid? He and his crew prepare and practice for these stunts for hours upon hours. They think it through and prepare for it to be successful AND as safe as possible. The car is thought out and prep'd for the job as is all his safety gear, ramps, etc. It's not like he just slaps a ramp up and jumps in some heap automobile closes his eyes and goes for it. BIKERRANDY I bet he puts more practice and thought into his technique, gear, and setup than you ever put into an amateur road race. Grow up? Uh...he is 26 and one of the most successful performing stunt man this country has ever seen. Yeah, real immature loser that Pastrana guy. SEAN don't dis on Evel. He was a pioneer of the sport and laid the foundation for guys like Pastrana. And Evel did his stunts on equipment that today guys wouldn't jump three feet off the ground with. I bet Evel could have done the jumps these guys do today on their equipment but I don't know that the opposite would be true.
Benny -crash  January 1, 2010 07:21 PM
He should change his name to crash,for obvious reasons.
cody -jump  January 1, 2010 06:18 PM
o ya

fireflyer239 -Jealous of his superior stupidity?  January 1, 2010 03:14 PM
Mr. Bikerrandy, it appears you are jealous of Pastrana getting rich and famous for his "stupidity", while speeding through twisties only nets you a scowl from the wife and a few moments alone at the stop sign while your buddies catch up. Being daring on the street IS stupid...get it? When you wad, you'll be doing more to hurt the rest of us than he is. Then again, you'll finally make the papers! Slow down.
bikerrandy -RickyRN  January 1, 2010 11:32 AM
I'm not daring enough ? Tell my wife that or all the guys who can't keep up with me on 2 wheels in the twisties. Having had some success in amateur road racing helps. There's a difference between daring and stupidity, even if you get paid to be stupid.

Maybe if stuntmen like Pastrana didn't do what they do the public would see us bikers different on the street.
RickyRevNutz -TP Rules  January 1, 2010 11:05 AM
If you'd take a minute to appreciate his skill, talent and professional approach to what he does, you might be motivated to get out of your lazy boy and at least be daring enough to try a walk around the block. As humans the only limits we have are those we set upon ourselves.
bikerrandy -Pastrana lands.........  January 1, 2010 08:40 AM
Is this guy ever going to grow up ?
Sean -Big Jump  January 1, 2010 06:11 AM
I'm just surprised Pastrana or one of his Nitro Circus crew hasn't been killed yet. The stunts they perform are beyond comprehension. To think I was blown away by Evel Knievel when I was a kid. The stuff this guy does makes Evel's jumps look like a kid on a bicycle with training wheels jumping off the curb in his culdesac.

Felicia -Ugh  January 1, 2010 05:01 AM
I'm so sick of this self absorbed bozo I could puke.
andy -jump  December 31, 2009 09:48 PM
the official distance was 269ft.