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Ryan Capes sets world record in Reno (video)


As part of the Street Vibrations event in Reno Saturday, Ryan Capes set a new world record for motorcycle jumping at the Grand Sierra Resort.

I arrived at about 4 PM and the jump was scheduled for 6. There weren’t many people there yet, so I had my choice of a long shot or a close-up. Since I had beat the crowd, and there were a lot of trees and lamp posts to shoot around, I went for the close-up near the take-off ramp.

Ryan made a number of practice runs, veering off at the last second, to get the speed right. His first jump was 287 feet, which set a new world record. Things were going well enough that he decided to try for 300.