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2 daredevils to jump San Diego Bay on New Year's Eve

12:32 PM, Dec 30, 2011   |    comments
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Robbie Maddison and Levi LaValee are with Team Red Bull's annual New Year's Eve No-Limits Stunt. The pair are attempting to jump a motorcycle and a snowmobile in tandem over a 300-foot gap in the San Diego Bay.

During 2010's stunt, LaValee crashed his snowmobile nose-first as he attempted to stick the landing. He has since made a full recovery.

"The crash from last year, basically I was preparing to do a distance jump, and unfortunately I had a problem with the sled, and it resulted in a huge crash," LaValee said. "So I was fortunate to be able to recover from that and be there this year to try it again."

Maddison - who is known by his fans as "Maddo" - has also had his share of close calls.

"This is the fourth Red Bull New Year's No-Limits show in the last five years," he said. "I've been part of this franchise since it first started and have jumped a football field, the Arc de Triomphe at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas and obviously now out here in San Diego with Levi. Having some experience at this I'm taking the lead at this one."

Maddo will be riding a dirt bike while LaValee will be on a snowmobile. The two will attempt to jump simultaneously over the San Diego Bay.

"The training, it's been short-lived for me," explained Maddison, who is from Australia. "I had some issues on whether I'd be able to get into the country, and it's shortened my training by two months. I came out and did eight jumps in the practice and one jump together. The one jump together wasn't ideal, but we now know what we need to do on the night to get it good, and we're harnessing on that. That's what we're visualizing and hopefully on the night it goes off without a hitch. I've got all the faith in the world in Levi and his ability on his machine. We're looking to break two world records, so we're excited for sure. "

"It is quite the feat," LaValee added. "It's one thing to just to go 100-plus mph on a dirt bike or snowmobile, but to try to hit a big ramp and fly over a 300-foot water gap, it's a whole different thing. It's pretty scary stuff but it's going to be a great time and a lot of fun to see."

The stunt will be aired live on ESPN at 9 p.m. MST on New Year's Eve.

Luke Simmons contributed to this report.

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