WATCH LIVE ON HISTORY CHANNEL: Daredevil Travis Pastrana Set to Recreate Evel Knievel’s Most Dangerous Jumps
By History Channnel // July 8, 2018
Pastarana will use modern-day recreation inspired by the motorcycle Knievel used
ABOVE VIDEO: Starting at 8 p.m. Sunday night on the History Channel, American professional motorsports icon, and Nitro Circus ringleader Travis Pastrana will attempt three of Evel Knievel’s most dangerous feats in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(HISTORY CHANNEL) – Starting at 8 p.m. Sunday night on the History Channel, American professional motorsports icon and Nitro Circus ringleader Travis Pastrana will honor legendary daredevil Evel Knievel by attempting three of his most dangerous feats in Las Vegas, Nevada.
These jumps, all while riding a modern-day recreation inspired by the motorcycle Knievel used in 1967, will include breaking Knievel’s record jump over 52 cars, another record-breaking jump over 16 full-size buses, and aiming to make history as the first person to successfully jump the Caesar’s Palace fountain.
Pastrana will do the fountain jump on a bike similar to the one Knievel used 50 years ago – an attempt that ended with a crash that left him grasping for life.
If Pastrana rides away from all three, he will be the only person to successfully beat two of Knievel’s distance records and land a jump over the fountain on a V-twin motorcycle.
Injuries Pastrana have suffered during his motorsports career include a dislocated spine, he has torn his ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, broken his tibia and fibula, he’s had surgery on his left wrist twice, left thumb once, two surgeries on his back, one on his right elbow, nine on his left knee, six on the right knee, one shoulder surgery which left him with the only piece of metal he has in his body.
When Pastrana was 14 years old, he was severely injured while competing in an FMX competition. He came up short, landing on the top of the front side of the landing ramp and the motorcycle decelerated from 50 mph to 0 mph in less than one second.
The bike was stuck into the dirt ramp with the front wheel just over the top and the crankcase smashed into the dirt deep enough to support the entire motorcycle upright. Upon impact, Pastrana froze in the upright riding position and his feet went straight out to the sides like he was trying to straddle a bull.
As soon as his legs went outward he fell off the motorcycle and his father took off across the dirt course in fear of what everyone had just witnessed. He was severely injured, his spine having been separated from his pelvis. It also left him in a wheelchair for three months.
“I was in and out of consciousness for about three days and had six blood transfusions,” said Pastrana.
He also adds that according to doctors, only three people in the U.S. have ever lived after such an injury. It was a long and difficult recovery. Pastrana would routinely ride wheelies in his wheelchair around the hospital and therapy areas. While in the wheelchair recovering, he vowed to continue motorcycle jumping.
He was also injured in July 2011 while competing at the X Games when his motorcycle did not rotate to the landing position, crushing his ankle and causing a fracture. However, Pastrana was back in his Subaru Impreza and competing in the Rally Cross final where he overshot the corner, forcing himself into the wall; on-board footage shows his leg in plaster being slammed against the wheel well, much to his discomfort.
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