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Motorcycle Daredevil Alex Harvill Dies In World Record Practice Jump

Jake Massey

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Motorcycle Daredevil Alex Harvill Dies In World Record Practice Jump

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Alex Harvill

A motorcycle daredevil has died after crashing during a practice jump for a world record attempt.

Alex Harvill was practicing at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, USA, yesterday (Thursday 17 June) when he hit the top edge of the dirt landing berm and was thrown from his motorbike.

The 28-year-old was aiming to break the distance record for longest motorcycle jump - set at 351 feet by Robbie Maddison in 2008 - at the Moses Lake Airshow.

Shortly after the crash, the organisers posted a statement on social media which read: "We regret to report today at our first event of the airshow - the Guinness World Record Jump Attempt, Alex Harvill was injured during his warm-up before the jump and has been taken to the hospital.

"We do not have more information at this time regarding the incident. Our hearts are with Alex and his family."

Grant County Sheriff's Office later confirmed he had passed away.

A statement read: "Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison confirms the death of 28-year-old Ephrata resident Alex Harvill who died after crashing his motorcycle while performing a practice jump at the Grant County International Airport this morning.

"His family has been notified. Coroner Morrison's staff will conduct an autopsy on Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex's family, friends and loved ones."

Harvill leaves behind a wife and two sons - one of which was born last month.

Record-holder Maddison paid tribute to Harvill, who already held a Guinness World Record of his own for a 297-foot dirt to dirt jump.

Maddison said: "Shattered about the news of the passing of @ah352 he had flown a motorcycle further than anyone else has and was out to set a new world record today when he paid the ultimate price.

"My heart is broken for his family. Sending our love to Jessica, Willy and Watson. R.I.P Alex Harvill."

Topics: SPORT, US News

Jake Massey
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