A 16-year-old boy who died during a dirt bike race after crashing head-first into a fence has been remembered as a ‘lovely young man’.
The teenager was taking part in the Queensland Dirt Bike Racing Championships at Mick Doohan Raceway in Banyo, Brisbane, on Monday when he rammed into a fence at about 1.45pm.
He was declared dead at the scene.
Police believe his tragic death may have been caught on camera and appealed to anyone with footage to come forward.
Police believe his tragic death may have been caught on camera and appealed to anyone with footage to come forward (stock image)
‘We would just appeal to the public – and there were some spectators here at the event – if they have some vision of what transpired, that they contact PoliceLink,’ Inspector Laurie Shevlin said.
The North Brisbane Junior Motorcycle Club also asked participants to refrain from posting video or images of the event on social media.
‘Due to an incident that occurred at the venue today, can we please ask that no footage or images of the Qld Track Titles be posted on any social media forum from herein,’ the group said.
‘If any person does have images or footage to please contact the club president via pm (private message) as soon as possible.
Inspector Shevlin said the boy’s parents were ‘not well’ following the tragedy.
‘A very tragic incident and something that nobody would have foreseen,’ he said.
‘From all accounts, the boy was a lovely young man and a promising dirt bike rider.’
Members of the local community were saddened by the boy’s death and took to Facebook to send their condolences.
‘Oh dear god how truly tragic. Thoughts are with the family and everyone who attended the scene,’ one woman wrote.
Another said: I just can’t stop thinking of them … it just breaks my heart. I just can’t imagine it.’