(Photos courtesy of HISTORY/A&E Networks)

Freestyle motocross rider Axell Hodges crashed during a practice jump for “Evel Live 2,” a daredevil-themed TV show set to air on A&E’s HISTORY channel Sunday, sending the network scrambling to reformat the program. Hodges was practicing to break Robbie Maddison’s record for the world’s longest motorcycle jump but landed almost vertically on his back wheel after a massive ramp-to-ramp jump. The impact sent him tumbling, injuring both his ankles and taking him out of commission for the two record-breaking jumps he was scheduled to attempt at “Evel Live 2.”

Hodges may have been able to bring the front end down, but at the expense of both ankles which were badly injured. 
As hard as Hodges crashed, we're glad his injuries weren't worse. 

“Having a crash ahead of something you’ve been working so hard toward just plain sucks,” said Hodges in HITSORY’S press release. “The team and I were making a lot of progress during testing and the distances we were approaching looked good for Sunday’s event. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in air and wasn’t able to adjust in time for landing. I’m shocked I’m not in worse shape and feel extremely grateful to have been able to get up from this crash.”

The onus of saving the show now falls to freestyle motocross rider and racer Vicki Golden. The three-time X Games gold medalist will attempt to shatter the motorcycle firewall record by smashing through a series of flaming wooden boards aboard an Indian FTR1200. Golden is the first woman to attempt to break the current record of 12 flaming boards set in 2007.

As they say, the show must go on, and now the success of "Evel Live 2" hinges on Vicki Golden breaking the record for riding through flaming boards. 

“When pushing the limits of what is possible, risk comes with the territory, and the extraordinary feats which Vicki and Axell have been training so hard for contain so much risk that few riders would even think of taking them on,” said Andy Edwards, Nitro Circus CEO. “While Axell is devastated not to be able to ride this Sunday, we know he is excited for Vicki as she aims to make history.” Nitro Circus is a partner for HISTORY’S “Evel Live 2.”

Golden will go for the record aboard an Indian FTR1200. 

The HISTORY channel states the revised program will include the following.

“Evel Live 2” will broadcast live from the San Bernardino International Airport in California. Professional motorsports icon, Travis Pastrana will co-host and Matt Iseman (“America Ninja Warrior”) will return to host the special. Alongside Golden’s stunt and exclusive footage of Hodges’ crash will be live interviews and expert analysis, footage highlighting the inherent danger and risks of attempting to break these records, archival footage of the history behind daring feats and more. Former Miss USA and ESPN reporter Kimberly Pressler will be the event’s sideline reporter and “Good Morning America’s” Ginger Zee will serve as the weather analyst who will break down how the wind and heat affect stunts. “Evel Live 2” will also feature a roundtable of panelists including panel host and expert action sports analyst Jimmy Coleman, current distance record holder Robbie Maddison, Bob Sorokanich deputy editor for Road & Track and more.

A one-hour behind the scenes special highlighting last year’s “Evel Live” where Pastrana broke records by completing three of Knievel’s most dangerous feats, will air on Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Pastrana holds the record as the only person to successfully beat two of Knievel’s distance records and land a jump over the Caesars Palace fountain on a V-twin motorcycle in one night.