WENATCHEE — Alex Harvill didn’t quite hit the 300-foot gap he was hoping to Saturday in Richland, but he came pretty close.
His 297.55-foot dirt to dirt jump was less than 3 feet shy of his 300-foot goal, but still good enough to set the new record. The previous record was 291 feet.
“I was really trying to hit 300 but I’m extremely happy with the results,” Harvill posted Sunday on his website, alexharvill.com. “I have so many people involved to thank. It’s great to have family and friends who are so supportive.”
The Ephrata native made the jump at Horn Rapids MX Park — it was the second record-setting distance jump in his young career. Harvill, 20, also holds the record for longest motorcycle jump on flat-level ground. He set that mark with a 425-foot jump in May 2012.
Harvill, whose jump was recorded by Powerband Films, a professional film team based out of Santa Barbara, Calif., will be featured in the upcoming documentary, “The Daredevil Project.” The film features both of Harvill’s record-setting jumps and is scheduled for release later this fall.