Daredevil Tyrone critical after crashing during world record practice

A DAREDEVIL freestyle motocross rider is in a critical condition with ‘‘massive chest injuries’’ after a training run to break a world record went horribly wrong.

Tyrone Gilks, 19, was taken to John Hunter Hospital this morning and is currently in the operating theatre.

Ambulance services were called to Maitland Showground, Anzac Street, about 10.35am following reports a man had come off his motorbike.

Earlier reports that the incident occurred on the Central Coast were incorrect.

Gilks told the Newcastle Herald last week that he planned to smash a world record jump this Saturday.

He had already set world distance records on 65cc, 85cc and 125cc motorcycles and was looking to take on the 250cc world record of 94.61 metres.

He said he would hit full speed for almost 1000 metres, hit a take-off ramp, fly through the air for almost 100 metres and then hit a short landing ramp.

Gilks’ father, Kevin, told the Herald he was in the operating theatre for treatment of ‘‘massive chest injuries’’ and would be unable to speak with media until tomorrow.

He said his son was at the 85-metre mark when he crashed his bike.

Gilks was due to attempt his world record jump at the Bike and Hot Rod Show at Maitland Showground on Saturday.

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