The 16-year-old boy tragically killed while competing in the Queensland Dirt and Long Track Titles at Banyo yesterday has been identified as talented Gold Coast teen Anthony Gordon.
It’s believed the boy, who is understood to have been a student at Nerang State High School, was racing a dirt bike at the Mick Doohan Raceway on Raubers Road when his bike struck a fence around 1.45pm on Monday.
Paramedics including the High Acuity Response Unit treated the teen at the scene, but sadly, he could not be revived.
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“Today is a tragic day, for any parent that has been to this track, or any parent whose children compete in this sport, this is their worst nightmare,” Qld police Inspector Laurie Shevlin said.
“This is a tragic incident that no one could have foreseen.
“The family is not doing well, from all accounts this boy was a lovely young man, promising dirt bike rider and to have his life cut tragically short like this is just, unspeakable.”
Tributes for the teen have been flowing on social media, with Anthony being remembered as not only a “talented rider”, but an all-round “wonderful person”.
Police are appealing for anyone who was at the event who were filming the race to come forward and supply vision to investigators.
The racing club has also taken to Facebook, urging spectators not to post any footage from the event online.
“Due to an incident that occurred at the venue, can we please ask that no footage or images of the Qld Track Titles be posted on any social media forum from here in,” the club wrote on Facebook.
“If any person does have images or footage to please contact the club president via PM as soon as possible,” the club posted.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the accident.