Motorcyclist Alex Harvill has died while practicing a world record jump.
The 28-year-old was at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake when he was tossed from his motorbike after hitting the top of a dirt landing berm.
At the time, the daredevil had been aiming to beat the distance record for the longest motorcycle jump, which is currently set by Robbie Maddison, who reached 351 feet back in 2008.
Following the horrific crash, organisers of the event posted a statement on social media.
It reads: “We regret to report today at our first event of the airshow – the Guinness World Record Jump Attempt, Alex Harvill was injured during his warm-up before the jump and has been taken to the hospital.
“We do not have more information at this time regarding the incident. Our hearts are with Alex and his family.”
Harvill’s passing has also been confirmed by Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
Their statement says: “Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison confirms the death of 28-year-old Ephrata resident Alex Harvill who died after crashing his motorcycle while performing a practice jump at the Grant County International Airport this morning.
“His family has been notified. Coroner Morrison’s staff will conduct an autopsy on Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, which is normal procedure.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones.”
Maddison, a fellow record-holder, paid tribute to Harvill on Instagram.
“Shattered about the news of the passing of @ah352 he had flown a motorcycle further than anyone else has and was out to set a new world record today when he paid the ultimate price,” he penned. “My heart is broken for his family. Sending our love to Jessica, Willy and Watson. R.I.P Alex Harvill.”
The motorcyclist has left behind a wife and two sons.
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