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New Hampshire

June 9, 2010

Lack of ticket sales cancels stunt event at The Rock

SALEM — A coma isn't enough to stop Bubba Blackwell from trying a record-breaking motorcycle jump again. But a lack of ticket sales is.

Blackwell's motorcycle stunt attempt at Rockingham Park has been canceled.

The daredevil planned to try to break his own record by jumping over 22 cars on an XR-750 Harley-Davidson Saturday.

But the event was canceled because not enough tickets had been sold in advance, according to the event promoter.

Only about 1,000 tickets had been sold at the end of last week, promoter Roldo Cesaroni said. They were hoping for a crowd of 13,000.

"I really wanted it to happen for the first night of Laconia (motorcycle week), it would have been great," Cesaroni said. "But I can't hope for ticket sales at the door; that's a crapshoot."

The Laconia Supershow motorcycle stunt show was originally scheduled for Saturday night.

Along with Blackwell's jump, there was going to be a stunt bike show and live music from Ernie and the Automatics and Stilburnin.

C.K. Spurlock, Blackwell's manager, said the stuntman was looking forward to the show.

"We hate to disappoint our fans," Spurlock said. "Bubba has never missed an event."

Blackwell, 43, last tried to break the record in 2001 in Del Mar, Calif.

In that attempt, his bike hit the front lip of the landing and catapulted him.

The crash put him in a coma and he was hospitalized for three months.

Blackwell has been on tour; he is healthy and was prepared for the jump, Spurlock said.

"He's in better health since I've ever known him. He's ready to go," Spurlock said.

Cesaroni is looking to reschedule the jump attempt in the fall, possibly at one of the Connecticut casinos, he said.

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