An Australian daredevil* freestyle* motorbike rider has performed a backflip 297m up in the air, without safety barriers.
It is the highest motorbike backflip ever recorded.
A backflip on a motorbike is a dangerous and ambitious* trick for anyone, anywhere.
But stuntman Jack Field upped* the danger by taking his bike to the top of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower in Victoria.
“I’ve done some pretty insane things in my life, but this certainly takes the cake in terms of nuts,” the former world number one freestyle trials champion said after the flip.
There were no safety barriers installed on the sides of the skyscraper, just a ramp to help the bike get airborne*.
VIDEO: Watch the backflip!
Jack Field's high-rise backflip
The daring move was to promote an international supercross event, the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne on November 30.
“When the guys running the (event) called me up with the idea I thought, well we’re always trying to push the boundaries of what’s possible on a motorbike and this is right up there,” Field said.
He even threw in a wheelie for good measure.
Other riders were impressed, including five-time Australian supercross champion Dan Reardon.
“This stunt perfectly depicts* what the Monster Energy AUS-X Open is all about: high energy, jaw-dropping moments and the most insane action on dirtbikes you’ll ever see,” Reardon said.
VIDEO: A TV report about the backflip
Daredevil rider's high-rise flip (7 News)
ABOUT JACK FIELD
Freestyle trials rider from Byron Bay, NSW.
He achieved world number one in his sport in 2010.
He has two world records: lowest motorcycle backflip (34.925cm) and longest backflip on a trials bike (24.99m).
He owns and performs around the world in a motorbike show company called Flair Action Sports.
- daredevil: someone who takes risks
- freestyle: tricks and jumps version of a sport
- ambitious: has big goals
- upped: increased
- airborne: up in the air
- depicts: shows
- How high up was he?
- What building was he on top of?
- What was the ramp for?
- Who is Dan Reardon?
- What two world records does Jack Field already have?
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1. Making the call
Imagine the initial phone conversation between the event organisers. What do you think would have been said to convince Jack Field to tackle this trick? Write a transcript of the phone conversation as you imagine it. Make sure you include details about the event they are promoting and the stunt the event organisers want Jack to perform. What questions might Jack ask?
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Critical and Creative thinking
Imagine now that Jack has to ring up his partner or parents (or another loved one) and let them know what he is doing. How would this conversation go? How would Jack try to convince them that he will be fine. What questions or concerns would his loved ones have for him? Write a transcript of this conversation.
When you have finished, team up with two other people and combine your ideas to make one transcript. Take on a role each (Jack, event organisers and Jack’s family) and practice performing these telephone conversations. When you are ready, perform your phone conversations to the class.
Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Personal and Social Capability, The Arts — Drama
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalist has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?
HAVE YOUR SAY: Have you ever ridden a motorbike? How does watching this stunt make you feel?
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