Backflip over Thames – level 3

31-08-2021 15:00

A professional motorbike stuntman backflipped over a 23-metre wide gap between two barges floating on the River Thames in London. It was the first-ever motorcycle backflip over the River Thames.

After the successful stunt, the daredevil, Travis Pastrana, said that this was one of his most nerve-wracking stunts, as he had to deal with so many variables out of his control. The weather was fine, though, the boat had dried up, and he had no traction issues. He was blown a little to the right, but he managed to land almost spot on.

Difficult words: stuntman (a person who does stunts – activities that are dangerous), barge (a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying something), daredevil (a person who enjoys doing dangerous things), traction (the grip of a tyre on a road), issue (a problem), spot on (perfectly).

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