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Motocross star leaps over bridge


Biker makes Thames leap

A record-breaking motocross champion performed a spectacular leap over an open Tower Bridge in the early hours.

Robbie Maddison performed a no-handed backflip as he jumped the gap between the north and south side of the bridge at 0255 BST.

The 27-year-old Australian holds the record for the world's longest ever motorbike jump at 350.7ft (106.9m).

The stunt came ahead of his performance at Battersea Power Station as part of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.

Speaking after the Tower Bridge stunt, he said: "The whole experience was awesome."

"We had a matter of minutes on the bridge and had to time everything to the second - there were so many factors to get right, but we pulled it off.

"It was an incredible feeling to fly between the two towers and over the Thames."

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