Boy dies in race accident at event run Portsmouth Motocross Club

A boy died at a Portsmouth Motocross Club event. File picture
A boy died at a Portsmouth Motocross Club event. File picture
Owner Paul Ojla at the Elegance club in Granada Road, Southsea

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A TEENAGER has been killed at an event run by the Portsmouth Motocross Club,

The 16-year died at the course at Headbourne Worthy motocross track near Winchester.

The tragedy happened during a practice session on the course at around 10.10am yesterday.

The police have launched an investigation into how the boy, from Farnham in Surrey, died.

The youngster was with around 200 other riders booked in for a day’s racing organised by the Portsmouth Motocross Club.

Ashley Swaine, track manager, said: ‘This is the first time anything like this has ever happened.

‘Being the track builder it has taken its toll on me quite badly.

‘There was no fault on the track but it is quite tragic. This is our first fatality and it hits hard.’

Mr Swaine said the company director Tony Child was liaising closely with the police.

The Central Hampshire Coroner has been informed and a post-mortem was due to be held.

Portsmouth Motocross Club, formerly known as Portsmouth Schoolboy Scramble was established in 1973, and has been one, if not the biggest club’s in the south.

The Club annually boasts on average 400 members, with a variety of riding groups catering for all ages.