Motorcycle daredevil Alex Harvill died while practicing a jump to break a world record
The reckless Alex Harvill died Thursday while practicing to break a world record for motorcycle ramp jumping, officials in Washington state said. He was 28 years old.
“Our condolences to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones,” Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison said in a written statement Thursday.
Alex Harvill World Record Jump 2021 Crash Video:
Alex Harvill, who lived in Ephrata, Washington state, was hoping to break the record for a 106-meter jump, according to the Moses Lake Airshow, where his attempt was scheduled Thursday.
Video from the practice jump at Grant County International Airport posted on social media shows Harvill’s motorcycle racing straight toward the top edge of the large dirt berm that was used as his landing ramp. In the video you can see how Alex Harvill is thrown off the motorcycle.
He was trying to break the record set by Robbie Maddison of Australia on March 29, 2008, according to Guinness World Records.
Alex Harvill already held a Guinness World Record of his own, with a 90-meter jump from one dirt ramp to another in 2013.
“Coroner Morrison’s staff will conduct an autopsy Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.