26 Oct 2012

Top Gear Live sets World Record with Double Loop-the-Loop!

The Deadly 720+ in action
Top Gear Live opened on Thursday and promptly set a new World Record by completing the first double loop-the-loop on a motorbike.

With an audience of 4,000 and the Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond - as well as stunt legend Ken Block - watching from the sidelines, stuntman Gary Hoptrough completed the audacious stunt on a KTM 250 SX-F.

They called the stunt the Deadly 720+ which is a pretty apt name given the danger involved in looping twice inside the 8 metre tall steel hoops.

Top Gear Live Creative Director, Rowland French said: “Having now done the Deadly 720 on four and two wheels I have no idea what we’ll dream up next – but you can trust us to come up with something even more astonishing.” 

Jeremy Clarkson, not normally one to have anything to do with motorcycles, said: “We started Top Gear in its current incarnation ten years ago as a pokey little motoring show and never dreamt of setting World Records. To be fair, all James, Richard and I did was to stand on stage and introduce a stunt man mad enough to want to turn him self upside down twice on a bike. But it was pretty nerve wracking and spectacular!”

You can see a video of the Deadly 720+ below.

Speedmonkey will be at Top Gear Live on Saturday.  We'll be sure to report back on all the action.

Clarkson was impressed by the Deadly 720+, apparently