Daredevil freestyle motocross rider Tyrone Gilks has died after misjudging a jump during a practice session in the the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney.
The 19-year-old world-record holder was attempting a jump of around 90 metres yesterday when he crashed and his bike split in two at the Maitland Showground.
Gilks, originally from Cardiff near Newcastle, was rushed to hospital by paramedics but later died of his injuries.
He had been practising for tomorrow's Maitland Bike and Hot Rod show, where he would attempt to break the world record for the longest 250CC ramp to dirt jump.
Police officers from Newcastle's crash investigation unit were called to the showground and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Maitland duty officer Inspector Glen Blain says crash investigators are assessing footage of the crash.
"The young man was attempting practice at a jump that he was preparing to do on Saturday night," he said.
"At about 10:40am he's attempted a jump at the Maitland Showground.
"On that jump he's impacted with the apex of the ramp and come off the motorcycle and sustained those critical injuries which later took his life."
'Taken too early'
His Facebook page still carries a post from Gilks in which he describes his plans to break the world record this weekend.
"So this Saturday the 23rd of March at the Maitland showgrounds is the Maitland Bike and Hot Rod Show!" he wrote.
"I'm attempting to break the current world's longest ramp-to-dirt jump on a 250cc two stroke of 310 feet (94 metres), will be a great day filled with heaps of other stuff so if you're free come check it out!"
Tributes are being posted online for the champion rider, with fans describing a star who has been taken away too soon.
"Ride In Peace Tyrone. Another star taken way too early. You're in my prayers," Georgie Rose Cason said.
"RIP Tyrone. Peace be with your family. You'll be ripping it up with Jesus in heaven," wrote Chris Trupp.
"You died doing what you loved best, you were an inspiration to many. RIP Tyrone, always remembered never forgotten," said Bianca Hull.