The crowd watches on as a three-plane aerobatic team pays tribute to Tyrone Gilks.

Posted: March 25, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Motocross, Motor
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SOMBRE CROWD:  The crowd watches on as a three-plane aerobatic team pays tribute to Tyrone Gilks.

A big crowd paid homage to teenage daredevil Tyrone Gilks at the Maitland Hotrod and Bike show on Saturday.

Gilks, 19, was aiming for a world record distance jump at the show but sustained fatal injuries during practice on Thursday.

On Saturday, a sea of supporters and well wishers gathered at Maitland Showground with eyes glued to the sky for a three-plane aerobatic tribute.

“It was just another way of paying our respects, looking up at the planes, toward the heavens,” organiser and Maitland Gladiator Aub “Sandman” Smith said.

Gilks was to be the headline event in a petrol-fuelled day of chrome, music and tattoos. But at 3pm they paused to remember the rising star, formerly from the Hunter.

Leaders of the Christian motorcycle club, the God Squad, and Gladiators paid tribute to the freestyle motocross stuntman.

Gilks’ friends Joel Brown and Josh Hannan, world-class freestyle riders, carried on the show throwing their bikes through the air.

They did so even though Mr Smith gave them an out, wanting to avoid ­further tragedy.

“They wouldn’t hear of it, they said: ‘This is what we do, and this is our tribute to Tyrone’,” he said.

Mr Smith said the long-running show wouldn’t leave the memory of the fallen rider behind in a pledge to his father Kevin “Pedro” Gilks.

“I spoke to Pedro and I told him we won’t forget,” he said.

“It was a great crowd, but a very sombre event.”

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