Arūnas Gibieža (Lithuania) has broken the longest no-hands motorcycle wheelie record, holding the position while driving for 580 m 81 cm (1,902 ft 32 in).
The 32-year-old is a professional stunt rider and motorcyclist who has travelled to 25 countries and has performed stunts in over 400 shows.
As he recalls, Arūnas started doing stunts as a 10-year-old when his sister received a scooter but he was the one who got the most out of it.
He started performing wheelies on his own just a few weeks later!
The record attempt took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 3 September 2022, as part of Red Bull’s Showrun - an exhilarating event where spectators can witness unbelievable stunts involving cars and motorcycles.
Arūnas, a Red Bull-sponsored athlete, became interested in this particular record after realizing that it would be a perfect fit for the show run format.
To prepare, Arūnas had one training session where he practised the record-breaking wheelie, however, he was limited by space.
Only on the day of his official attempt was he be able to practise on the appropriate road length.
This took place on a five lane road in the popular centre of Vilnius, which had been closed the evening before. A massive crowd turned out to cheer Arūnas on.
The flat stretch of land was 850 m (2,788.71 ft) long in total, with the road level being pre-approved prior to the record attempt.
The main challenge for Arūnas was maintaining the speed of 43 mph (70 km/h) throughout the whole attempt, which caused the brake to overheat.
Overcoming all obstacles, Arūnas was successful on his first attempt! The record-breaking 580 m 81 cm (1,902 ft 32 in) travelled was the longest of his three attempts.
This broke the previous record of 567 m (1860.24 ft) achieved by Rohitesh Upadhyay (India) in Mehsana, Gujarat, India on 28 October 2019.
Due to the staggering distance, official adjudicator Richard Stenning oversaw the attempt by riding alongside Arūnas in a Jeep.
For Arūnas, achieving a Guinness World Records title is something he has been interested in since he was a child.
"If someone ever beats this record, I'll probably have another go at it then. Of course, there are a few tricks that are even more difficult to pull off, such as wheelieing while riding backward on [a] bike." - Arūnas Gibieža
Arūnas hasn't ruled out breaking more Guinness World Records titles in the future. He said, "dream big and it will become a reality. 580 metres is just the beginning."
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