Lake Macquarie motocross rider Tyrone Gilks has died after a crash in jump practice at Maitland Showground.
The 19-year-old suffered severe head and chest injuries yesterday morning when crashing into a landing ramp. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for emergency surgery and died last night.
The teen, in training for an attempt on the world 250cc jump record, attempted to jump 90 metres but landed short. Gilks’s father, Kevin, said his son was just five metres short of safety.
Tyrone told the Newcastle Herald last week of his plan to hit full speed after a run-up of 1000 metres before hitting a take-off ramp, then flying through the air for almost 100 metres before landing on another short ramp.
Tributes have flooded Facebook and Twitter. One post read: “Another young life taken too early… Dangerous sport with the worst outcome… Died doing what he loved. Rest in peace.”
Gilks had previously smashed jump records on 65cc, 85cc and 125cc motorcycles, was aiming to break Robbie Maddison’s 250cc record of 94.61 metres. – Kiera Thanos
Top photo from JC FMX‘s Facebook page.