Craig Jones sets new rolling stoppie record

Another record smashed on another Buell at Donington

BUELL Motorcycles will go to great lengths to get front page news. How far? Well, 305 metres to be precise. Professional extreme rider Craig Jones has been busy rewriting the record books and rules of extreme riding once again. But this time the world-best was a breathtaking two man effort with the former European champion and co-rider Wing Chui travelling an astonishing 305 metres together on their Buell Firebolt XB12R's front wheel.

The new milestone was set on a damp day at the UK's famous Donington Park race circuit, making the feat that bit more impressive. Jones took the Buell Firebolt to 120mph before using copious amounts of front brake to get the XB12R up on its front wheel.

Wing Chui, was mounted on an extension to the front wheel spindle. As he hung onto the fairing bracket Wing was able to watch Craig steer the Buell Firebolt and had a compelling reason to hang on tightly as he travelled at 100mph with the Donington track just a few inches beneath him.

The Buell Firebolt exited Coppice Corner and travelled along Donington's famed Dunlop Straight, under the Dulop Bridge, before Jones bypassed the 'Fogarty Esses' and lifted the rear wheel. With only a few metres of wet tarmac to spare, the back tyre touched down at a distance of 305 metres. Commenting on his latest world best, Craig said:

"Wing and I have worked and performed together for several years and you need to have total faith in each other, especially when you have two guys sharing the same motorcycle and performing manoeuvres that test your body and the bike to the limit. This record attempt was our way of pushing the Buell Firebolt and our own capabilities further than ever before and we think we managed to conclusively prove that Buell motorcycles are capable of some pretty extraordinary things."

In 2003, Craig Jones set the world's longest solo stoppie record of 225 metres on his Buell and the very next year he beat his own record by reaching a staggering 266 metres on the Buell Firebolt.

If bikes were sold purely on how far they could travel on the front wheel, it appears Buell showrooms would be packed every Saturday afternoon.

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