Sport Motorsport Motocross spill claims the life of Finke Desert Race champion Daymon Stokie
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Motocross spill claims the life of Finke Desert Race champion Daymon Stokie

Nursing a shattered hand, Daymon Stokie powers through the dust on his way to victory in 2017's Finke Desert Race. Facebook: Photosbynikki
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The 28-year-old reigning champion of the Finke Desert Race has died after coming off his bike during a motocross event in Alice Springs.

Daymon Stokie ignored the pain of a broken hand to win the 452km Finke Desert Race in June, 2017.

Alice Springs man Daymon Stokie suffered fatal injuries in the accident that happened during the Deep Well Enduro event at the Finke racetrack on Saturday.

Paramedics treated the 28-year-old on the track, but he died at the scene.

In June, Stokie was the first Alice Springs rider in 11 years to win the motorcycle section of the Finke Desert Race, taking out the event with a broken hand.

The off-road, two-day race takes riders through desert terrain with a return length of 452 kilometres from Alice Springs to the small Aboriginal community of Finke.

More than 530 riders and about 140 drivers attempted the 2017 race, with many failing to finish the first day.

Stokie’s family requested privacy, while police were investigating the incident.