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I will jump further than Evel Knievel.


DAREDEVIL motorcyclist Jason Rennie plans to jump further than American idol Evel Knievel ever did.

Motorbiking phenomenon Jason, 39, from Wrexham, has set a host of world distance records for jumping on a bike.

And even though he has not made any major jumps for the last five years, he is this weekend aiming for a spectacular leap of 150ft - longer than Knievel ever managed during his career.

His spectacular comeback is planned to go ahead within the confines of the Royal International Pavilion grounds when he stars at the Motorbike Show in Llangollen thisSaturday and Sunday.

Jason said: "I am going to try and do as big a jump as I can fit into that area - we're setting up alongside the main arena on an access road so we have plenty of run up and plenty for landing area.

"I'm planning to do something a little bit bigger than Evel Knievel's biggest ever jump.

"In his day he was only doing something like 140 feet but these days we can exceed that with the new motorbikes.

"I'm aiming to jump around 150 feet.

"I have got a big take off ramp which is a seven and a half tonne truck and another truck which has the landing ramp and we're going to be seeing how many bikes we can fit into the gap.

"I normally jump with a 250cc bike but with a smaller area I'll need to get up to speed a bit quicker so I'll be using a Suzuki 450cc.

"I'll need to get up to about 75 to 80 mph to do the jump - I've never jumped with this bike before so it should be more exciting.

"I'll be jumping Saturday and Sunday. If we're successful on the first couple of jumps on the Saturday the idea is that I'll lengthen the jump a bit farther.

"The last time I did something decent was a bicycle jump in 2006 and that is still a world record.

"The last big motorcycle jump was when I got the world indoor record at the Millennium Stadium.

"I have been busy racing in motorcross but it'll be good to dust off the cobwebs."

In all, Jason holds still holds six world records - five on a motorbike and one on a mountain bike.

Among his achievements was breaking three world records at the Rednal Airfield, in Oswestry, in 2000.

On that day, his first record was jumping over five moving cars head on - the front car was pushing the take off ramp and his total jumping distance was 122 feet.

The next was jumping five lorries with a friend on the back of his bike, a total distance of 96 feet.

The final record was jumping over lorries, starting with eight and working his way up to 21. The total jumping distance was 229 feet.

Then came an indoor world record jump at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2004 when he jumped 161 feet over a 132 feet gap.


Jason will attempt to jump 150ft... which is equivalent to 18 London buses Jason Rennie (left) is aiming to jump further than his hero Evel Knievel; he's already jumped 21 lorries (main) and now he wants to go further at Llangollen Motorbike Show
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jul 31, 2009
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