Md. Native Travis Pastrana Completes Three Evel Knievel Stunts

Travis Pastrana outside of Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip

Though it honored Knievel's memory, Pastrana's feat was something even the most famous daredevil in history never accomplished. He set a number of records throughout his career and it was only a matter of time before someone made a decision to one-up him.

Travis Pastrana flies over the iconic fountain.

Pastrana successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel's motorcycle jumps.

That's when X Games motorsports stuntman Travis Pastrana will attempt three consecutive record motorcycle jumps honoring the notorious Knievel of 1960s and '70s fame.

In 1973, Knievel traveled 120 feet when he jumped over 50 crushed cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The event took place in Las Vegas Sunday and was produced and aired live by The History Channel.

Then there was the jump over the 16 buses. If "warm up" is what you want to call jumping over a crushed-car pit.

Pastrana jumped the fountain in the opposite direction Knievel did.

The second jump put a lot of pressure on Pastrana. His leap sent him flying for 192 feet between two rows of appropriately-colored pyrotechnics, before landing safely on the opposite ramp. I have just so much respect for Evel for having paved the way for us. In Las Vegas on Sunday night, Pastrana cleared three jumps.

"This (jumping the fountain) is definitely the most technical". He completely missed the landing, getting severely injured in the process.

Finally, the jump that many had been waiting for was at hand.

The Caesars fountain jump has been done since - notably by Knievel's son Robbie in 1989 - but all the successful attempts have been with lightweight motocross bikes, rather than the big, heavy Triumph and later, Harley-Davidson XR750 flat-trackers Knievel rode because they were what he could get for free. The only thing that went wrong: no spectacular explosion. He also attempted and completed three of the famous daredevil's most iconic jumps.

Even with just a 200-foot run-off area, Pastrana made the final and most hard jump (a record length of 149 feet) look easy, even performing a NASCAR-style two-wheeled burnout in celebration.

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