• Video: Maddison and LaVallee: The Most Insane Jump Ever

  • Levi LaVallee Pro snowmobiler and certified madman
  • The Jump For scale, that is a boat in the water between the ramps
  • Go, Go, Go Even blasting full throttle down the run up is scary
  • Up, Up and Away They only know if they are on target as they leave the ramp. By then, it's a little too late to back out!
  • Snowmobile vs. MX Bike Who would have thought the snowmobile would fly further than the bike?
  • That's a Long Way Up and Across 412 feet for the snowmobile and 378 feet for the bike.

These Guys Are Just Nuts!

Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee take a bike and a snowmobile and jump over water. Put like that, it sounds easy. In reality, however.....

Maddison And LaVallee Record breaking motorcycle and snowmobile jump

What is it with these guys? Do they sit around and get stoned and think up ever more impossible jumps to perform? Probably, yes! Do they then forget about them when they wake up the next day? Not a chance!

Video: Maddison and LaVallee: The Most Insane Jump Ever
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Levi LaVallee
Pro snowmobiler and certified madman

Robbie Maddison is the daredevil FMX rider who we have featured in topspeed.com doing backflips on a motorbike from 5000 feet up in the air and, in an even crazier stunt, not only jumping onto the Arc De Triomphe in Las Vegas, but jumping down again. Levi LaVallee is a snowmobile rider. Both of them are completely mad.

Video: Maddison and LaVallee: The Most Insane Jump Ever
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The Jump
For scale, that is a boat in the water between the ramps

For this jump, both riders set off together towards parallel jump ramps and take off over a river to the other side. Now, I can imagine doing that on a bike, but on a snowmobile?

Video: Maddison and LaVallee: The Most Insane Jump Ever
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Go, Go, Go
Even blasting full throttle down the run up is scary

Despite the infinitesimal planning, there are always unknown factors that creep in. As LaVallee laconically says, ’if we can see the landing from the jump...at least we know where we’re going then,’ in reference to the fact that on the run up where they have to get up to speed and pretty much commit to the jump, they can’t actually see the other side!

Video: Maddison and LaVallee: The Most Insane Jump Ever
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Up, Up and Away
They only know if they are on target as they leave the ramp. By then, it’s a little too late to back out!

Maddison starts further back than LaVallee and is slightly ahead as they head for the ramps. They are both absolutely gunning the machines and going as fast as they possibly can, which looks even faster as they shoot down the narrow causeway towards the ramps. Even that bit is scary but then the footage of them flying through the air for what feels like an eternity is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen for a long time. It even makes Maddison’s Las Vegas jump look a little tame!

Video: Maddison and LaVallee: The Most Insane Jump Ever
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Snowmobile vs. MX Bike
Who would have thought the snowmobile would fly further than the bike?

In the end, LaVallee unofficially broke the record of 361 feet with a jump distance of 412 feet! Maddison, who had jumped 392 feet in practice (the record is 391 feet), could only manage 378.9 feet on the night. Only! Who am I kidding?

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That’s a Long Way Up and Across
412 feet for the snowmobile and 378 feet for the bike.

It’s an insane jump by both riders, although first prize has to go to LaVallee for jumping something that heavy that far.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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