Teenager killed in motocross crash at Headbourne Worthy

Teenager killed in motocross crash

Teenager killed in motocross crash

First published in News
Last updated
Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

A teenager has been killed in a crash on a Hampshire motocross track.

Bradley Hooper, 16, was severely injured when he was struck by another motorbike at the course at Headbourne Worthy near Winchester.

It came during a practice session on the course at around 10.10am yesterday.

The police immediately launched an investigation into how Bradley, from Farnham in Surrey, died.

The boy was with around 200 other riders booked in for a day's racing organised by the Portsmouth Motocross Club. He was taking part in a practice session to familiarise riders with the course.

An air ambulance took Bradely to hospital but medical staff were unable to save him.

The second rider a 15-year old boy, also from Farnham, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. He is currently being treated at hospital.

Bradley's next of kin have been informed.

Ashley Swaine, track manager, said today: “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.

A Facebook tribute page has been set up and already has more than 8,400 likes.

Steve Dixon from Bike It Yamaha, who organises the British Grand Preix at Matterley estate near Winchester, said: “Such a tragedy and a huge loss for all the family of Brad, our condolences.”

He said he will organise a tribute at the forthcoming British GP.

Roy Arnold said: “Although motocross is dangerous it's still a shock when we lose someone from the sport. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. Hope he's doing what he loves in heaven. R.I.P”

Fellow motocross racer Michael Young said: “Tear it up in those heavenly clouds, I'll be joining you some day, keep it roosting.”

Bex McFly Hunt said: “Although it is sad that we have lost such an amazing person, we will never forget him, he was absolutely amazing and heaven is lucky to have gained such a lovely person, Brad Hooper keep on shining.”

Kim Milbourne said: “When you hear of the death of a young rider, doing a sport loved by many, even when you don't know them it is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with his family and all who knew him.”

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

The 40-acre track, at Down Farm next to the A34, is around ten years old and has been operated by Tonymoto, based in Eastleigh.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or captured footage of the incident or the bikes prior to the incident, is asked to contact Sergeant Andy Lynch at Eastleigh police station by calling 101 and quoting Operation Alkanet.

Comments (18)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:07pm Mon 12 May 14

bighit2011 says...

Rip Brad
I never new you, but would come watch many of the practises and races there. My thoughts are with your family and friends at this tragic time x
Rip Brad I never new you, but would come watch many of the practises and races there. My thoughts are with your family and friends at this tragic time x bighit2011
  • Score: 27

1:10pm Mon 12 May 14

solents says...

Ride on and in peace young man. I never knew you but I know why you love your sport. R.I.P.
Ride on and in peace young man. I never knew you but I know why you love your sport. R.I.P. solents
  • Score: 19

2:31pm Mon 12 May 14

bobby the crane says...

RIP Young Man & Sympathies to your Parents.
My eldest Son was competing in schoolboy motocross for a number of years & at the time he was registered with Portsmouth & other clubs, I agree that it can be a dangerous sport for the kids but It is so controlled by Marshaling etc, this is the first time ever that I have heard of a death in this sport in the U/K so sad.
The captioned picture is Motorcycle Trials a big difference to Motocross
RIP Young Man & Sympathies to your Parents. My eldest Son was competing in schoolboy motocross for a number of years & at the time he was registered with Portsmouth & other clubs, I agree that it can be a dangerous sport for the kids but It is so controlled by Marshaling etc, this is the first time ever that I have heard of a death in this sport in the U/K so sad. The captioned picture is Motorcycle Trials a big difference to Motocross bobby the crane
  • Score: 17

5:57pm Mon 12 May 14

darkman313 says...

CORRECT,the marshall has a lot to answer for!!!,me and my son were racing there same day,my son was in his group,sadly brad was in the wrong place at the wrong time,we send our condolences to his family,
CORRECT,the marshall has a lot to answer for!!!,me and my son were racing there same day,my son was in his group,sadly brad was in the wrong place at the wrong time,we send our condolences to his family, darkman313
  • Score: -11

11:40pm Mon 12 May 14

kyrrie says...

darkman313 wrote:
CORRECT,the marshall has a lot to answer for!!!,me and my son were racing there same day,my son was in his group,sadly brad was in the wrong place at the wrong time,we send our condolences to his family,
You can't blame this on the marshall, investigations need to be done and pointing the blame doesn't help anyone. It was a tragic accident and my thoughts go out to his family and all who knew him.
[quote][p][bold]darkman313[/bold] wrote: CORRECT,the marshall has a lot to answer for!!!,me and my son were racing there same day,my son was in his group,sadly brad was in the wrong place at the wrong time,we send our condolences to his family,[/p][/quote]You can't blame this on the marshall, investigations need to be done and pointing the blame doesn't help anyone. It was a tragic accident and my thoughts go out to his family and all who knew him. kyrrie
  • Score: 7

5:31am Tue 13 May 14

Michelle4949 says...

I disagree . Accidents like this wouldn't happen if the marshal put the flag out . That's the whole point of having a marshal on a jump to safeguard the rest of us by telling us there was a rider down .
I disagree . Accidents like this wouldn't happen if the marshal put the flag out . That's the whole point of having a marshal on a jump to safeguard the rest of us by telling us there was a rider down . Michelle4949
  • Score: -1

6:55am Tue 13 May 14

darkman313 says...

kyrrie wrote:
darkman313 wrote:
CORRECT,the marshall has a lot to answer for!!!,me and my son were racing there same day,my son was in his group,sadly brad was in the wrong place at the wrong time,we send our condolences to his family,
You can't blame this on the marshall, investigations need to be done and pointing the blame doesn't help anyone. It was a tragic accident and my thoughts go out to his family and all who knew him.
Yes investigations need to be done.clearly u don't understand the importance of the marshals job!! Michelle hit the nail on the head.
[quote][p][bold]kyrrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darkman313[/bold] wrote: CORRECT,the marshall has a lot to answer for!!!,me and my son were racing there same day,my son was in his group,sadly brad was in the wrong place at the wrong time,we send our condolences to his family,[/p][/quote]You can't blame this on the marshall, investigations need to be done and pointing the blame doesn't help anyone. It was a tragic accident and my thoughts go out to his family and all who knew him.[/p][/quote]Yes investigations need to be done.clearly u don't understand the importance of the marshals job!! Michelle hit the nail on the head. darkman313
  • Score: 0

7:01am Tue 13 May 14

Mxmummy says...

Why didn't the marshal raise his flag? Was he incompetent for the job ? Had he been trained correctly? Was he paid last minute and had never done the job before? Was it all about just getting bodies on marshal points so racing could commence? Did standards slip? Who was monitoring the marshals? 15 seconds before the next rider and No flag was raised? NEGLIGENCE?
Why didn't the marshal raise his flag? Was he incompetent for the job ? Had he been trained correctly? Was he paid last minute and had never done the job before? Was it all about just getting bodies on marshal points so racing could commence? Did standards slip? Who was monitoring the marshals? 15 seconds before the next rider and No flag was raised? NEGLIGENCE? Mxmummy
  • Score: -1

7:56am Tue 13 May 14

Hampshire Lass says...

First and foremost our condolences to the poor lads family & friends.
I've been involved in motocross for many, many years both riding and organising events. Securing enough marshal's to ensure an event is safe is always an issue. There are never enough volunteers coming forward. Unfortunately, I think there will be even less marshal's coming forward now.............
First and foremost our condolences to the poor lads family & friends. I've been involved in motocross for many, many years both riding and organising events. Securing enough marshal's to ensure an event is safe is always an issue. There are never enough volunteers coming forward. Unfortunately, I think there will be even less marshal's coming forward now............. Hampshire Lass
  • Score: -1

8:16am Tue 13 May 14

bigfella says...

I'm glad you are all speculating on what happened, jumping to conclussions without knowing the facts. How do you know the flag wasn't being waved, the other lad was looking at the jump ahead, didn't see the flag til it was too late and he was in the air? you don't know, because no investigation has been made. so lets not blame the marshall, lets not blame ANYBODY until this tragic accident has been looked into by the professionals!! RIP young lad, and I feel for the other lad in the incident too, not something anybody wants to live with for the rest of his life :(
I'm glad you are all speculating on what happened, jumping to conclussions without knowing the facts. How do you know the flag wasn't being waved, the other lad was looking at the jump ahead, didn't see the flag til it was too late and he was in the air? you don't know, because no investigation has been made. so lets not blame the marshall, lets not blame ANYBODY until this tragic accident has been looked into by the professionals!! RIP young lad, and I feel for the other lad in the incident too, not something anybody wants to live with for the rest of his life :( bigfella
  • Score: 5

8:21am Tue 13 May 14

solents says...

Hold off blaming the Marshal - the results of the investigation are not in yet.
So the marshal may have been asked to carry out duties at the the post where the accident occurred.
Who trained him/her to carry out those duties?
Who briefed him/her in their duties for that day?
Where is that information logged and recorded to say that they had understood their duties?
Who carried out the briefing?
Was the briefer competent to carry out their duties?

Just because an individual is asked to marshal doesn't mean to say that they are competent to carry out those duties - has it ever come to mind that they might have thought that they were doing a good job but had no idea that what they were doing was wrong? Blissfully ignorant.

It's easy to blame an individual and can you imagine what they might be going through now? - they might have been ignorant in their duty however they shouldn't shoulder the blame if they were not trained or briefed properly.

I have marshaled at MX events and there is a lot going on around you which you must watch out for and it's not as straight forward as you might think. Mostly it's an easy task however it can be frantic if there is an incident. You have to know what you are doing. What flags mean what etc.

You just might find that the marshal was asked to stand at their post without proper training or experience of carrying out their duties and if they were not competent and unaware of what exactly was required then I don't see that it's fair to blame them. They just might have thought that they were doing the right thing and doing the race organisers a favour. If this is the case then the club holding the event must take blame for negligence.

There might be lessons to be learned to stop this happening again in the future.

Let's wait to see what the investigation turns up before lynching the innocent. It's not going to bring Brad back.

R.I.P.
Hold off blaming the Marshal - the results of the investigation are not in yet. So the marshal may have been asked to carry out duties at the the post where the accident occurred. Who trained him/her to carry out those duties? Who briefed him/her in their duties for that day? Where is that information logged and recorded to say that they had understood their duties? Who carried out the briefing? Was the briefer competent to carry out their duties? Just because an individual is asked to marshal doesn't mean to say that they are competent to carry out those duties - has it ever come to mind that they might have thought that they were doing a good job but had no idea that what they were doing was wrong? Blissfully ignorant. It's easy to blame an individual and can you imagine what they might be going through now? - they might have been ignorant in their duty however they shouldn't shoulder the blame if they were not trained or briefed properly. I have marshaled at MX events and there is a lot going on around you which you must watch out for and it's not as straight forward as you might think. Mostly it's an easy task however it can be frantic if there is an incident. You have to know what you are doing. What flags mean what etc. You just might find that the marshal was asked to stand at their post without proper training or experience of carrying out their duties and if they were not competent and unaware of what exactly was required then I don't see that it's fair to blame them. They just might have thought that they were doing the right thing and doing the race organisers a favour. If this is the case then the club holding the event must take blame for negligence. There might be lessons to be learned to stop this happening again in the future. Let's wait to see what the investigation turns up before lynching the innocent. It's not going to bring Brad back. R.I.P. solents
  • Score: 6

8:34am Tue 13 May 14

racey40 says...

Parents are always happy to pay a marshal to stand on a point for them. Its about time the parent took responsibility and they stood out on a marshal point for their child like I do. If you are the person ,moaning about the marshal not doing the job then you get out there and do it and make those split second decisions. No point sounding off if you aren't prepared to stand up and do the job. Let the investigation make the conclusion not anyone trying to fill the gaps.
My heart goes out to the parents and family, they don't need us to keep harping on.
Parents are always happy to pay a marshal to stand on a point for them. Its about time the parent took responsibility and they stood out on a marshal point for their child like I do. If you are the person ,moaning about the marshal not doing the job then you get out there and do it and make those split second decisions. No point sounding off if you aren't prepared to stand up and do the job. Let the investigation make the conclusion not anyone trying to fill the gaps. My heart goes out to the parents and family, they don't need us to keep harping on. racey40
  • Score: 5

9:10am Tue 13 May 14

darkman313 says...

Sadly to say I was there at the time of this sad accident. by the start gate on a hill Mtrs away.
Bottom line is there was NO flag raised.and if the Marshall had been watching the Marshall may well of prevented this!!!! Enough people on the day also witnessed this.
There's no other way this could of been prevented....
Sadly to say I was there at the time of this sad accident. by the start gate on a hill Mtrs away. Bottom line is there was NO flag raised.and if the Marshall had been watching the Marshall may well of prevented this!!!! Enough people on the day also witnessed this. There's no other way this could of been prevented.... darkman313
  • Score: -1

9:30am Tue 13 May 14

Mxmummy says...

Big fella there is no speculation. No flag was raised. Let's wait and see if he was trained appropriately.
Big fella there is no speculation. No flag was raised. Let's wait and see if he was trained appropriately. Mxmummy
  • Score: -1

10:10am Tue 13 May 14

racey40 says...

solents wrote:
Hold off blaming the Marshal - the results of the investigation are not in yet.
So the marshal may have been asked to carry out duties at the the post where the accident occurred.
Who trained him/her to carry out those duties?
Who briefed him/her in their duties for that day?
Where is that information logged and recorded to say that they had understood their duties?
Who carried out the briefing?
Was the briefer competent to carry out their duties?

Just because an individual is asked to marshal doesn't mean to say that they are competent to carry out those duties - has it ever come to mind that they might have thought that they were doing a good job but had no idea that what they were doing was wrong? Blissfully ignorant.

It's easy to blame an individual and can you imagine what they might be going through now? - they might have been ignorant in their duty however they shouldn't shoulder the blame if they were not trained or briefed properly.

I have marshaled at MX events and there is a lot going on around you which you must watch out for and it's not as straight forward as you might think. Mostly it's an easy task however it can be frantic if there is an incident. You have to know what you are doing. What flags mean what etc.

You just might find that the marshal was asked to stand at their post without proper training or experience of carrying out their duties and if they were not competent and unaware of what exactly was required then I don't see that it's fair to blame them. They just might have thought that they were doing the right thing and doing the race organisers a favour. If this is the case then the club holding the event must take blame for negligence.

There might be lessons to be learned to stop this happening again in the future.

Let's wait to see what the investigation turns up before lynching the innocent. It's not going to bring Brad back.

R.I.P.
Those marshals were all briefed on the day and by someone who is competent in doing the job might I add. They are trained in what flags to use and how to use them. Sometimes there isn't always time to put the flag out as the next rider is already air born. They have to make split second decision. Let the police do their job and make the conclusions
[quote][p][bold]solents[/bold] wrote: Hold off blaming the Marshal - the results of the investigation are not in yet. So the marshal may have been asked to carry out duties at the the post where the accident occurred. Who trained him/her to carry out those duties? Who briefed him/her in their duties for that day? Where is that information logged and recorded to say that they had understood their duties? Who carried out the briefing? Was the briefer competent to carry out their duties? Just because an individual is asked to marshal doesn't mean to say that they are competent to carry out those duties - has it ever come to mind that they might have thought that they were doing a good job but had no idea that what they were doing was wrong? Blissfully ignorant. It's easy to blame an individual and can you imagine what they might be going through now? - they might have been ignorant in their duty however they shouldn't shoulder the blame if they were not trained or briefed properly. I have marshaled at MX events and there is a lot going on around you which you must watch out for and it's not as straight forward as you might think. Mostly it's an easy task however it can be frantic if there is an incident. You have to know what you are doing. What flags mean what etc. You just might find that the marshal was asked to stand at their post without proper training or experience of carrying out their duties and if they were not competent and unaware of what exactly was required then I don't see that it's fair to blame them. They just might have thought that they were doing the right thing and doing the race organisers a favour. If this is the case then the club holding the event must take blame for negligence. There might be lessons to be learned to stop this happening again in the future. Let's wait to see what the investigation turns up before lynching the innocent. It's not going to bring Brad back. R.I.P.[/p][/quote]Those marshals were all briefed on the day and by someone who is competent in doing the job might I add. They are trained in what flags to use and how to use them. Sometimes there isn't always time to put the flag out as the next rider is already air born. They have to make split second decision. Let the police do their job and make the conclusions racey40
  • Score: 3

11:24am Tue 13 May 14

racey40 says...

darkman313 wrote:
Sadly to say I was there at the time of this sad accident. by the start gate on a hill Mtrs away.
Bottom line is there was NO flag raised.and if the Marshall had been watching the Marshall may well of prevented this!!!! Enough people on the day also witnessed this.
There's no other way this could of been prevented....
wasn't aware that the hill was a designated viewing area. I would think you would be not covered by track insurance viewing in that area. Perhaps we should all look at ourselves for sticking to the rules.
[quote][p][bold]darkman313[/bold] wrote: Sadly to say I was there at the time of this sad accident. by the start gate on a hill Mtrs away. Bottom line is there was NO flag raised.and if the Marshall had been watching the Marshall may well of prevented this!!!! Enough people on the day also witnessed this. There's no other way this could of been prevented....[/p][/quote]wasn't aware that the hill was a designated viewing area. I would think you would be not covered by track insurance viewing in that area. Perhaps we should all look at ourselves for sticking to the rules. racey40
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Tue 13 May 14

SilrntMajority says...

I remember watching Kick Start during the 1980s. They cycled through a bus... crazy times.
I remember watching Kick Start during the 1980s. They cycled through a bus... crazy times. SilrntMajority
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Wed 14 May 14

idiotsrule says...

racey40 wrote:
darkman313 wrote:
Sadly to say I was there at the time of this sad accident. by the start gate on a hill Mtrs away.
Bottom line is there was NO flag raised.and if the Marshall had been watching the Marshall may well of prevented this!!!! Enough people on the day also witnessed this.
There's no other way this could of been prevented....
wasn't aware that the hill was a designated viewing area. I would think you would be not covered by track insurance viewing in that area. Perhaps we should all look at ourselves for sticking to the rules.
maybe then darkman you ought to contact the police as you claim you saw it the police are requesting witnesses, then maybe just maybe people will leave the families to grieve and leave the police to do their jobs
[quote][p][bold]racey40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darkman313[/bold] wrote: Sadly to say I was there at the time of this sad accident. by the start gate on a hill Mtrs away. Bottom line is there was NO flag raised.and if the Marshall had been watching the Marshall may well of prevented this!!!! Enough people on the day also witnessed this. There's no other way this could of been prevented....[/p][/quote]wasn't aware that the hill was a designated viewing area. I would think you would be not covered by track insurance viewing in that area. Perhaps we should all look at ourselves for sticking to the rules.[/p][/quote]maybe then darkman you ought to contact the police as you claim you saw it the police are requesting witnesses, then maybe just maybe people will leave the families to grieve and leave the police to do their jobs idiotsrule
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree