Weymouth motorcross rider is world record holder

ON RIGHT TRACK: Paul Oughton in action

ON RIGHT TRACK: Paul Oughton in action

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A WEYMOUTH motocross rider is all revved up after getting his world record confirmation. Paul Oughton, from Chickerell, is now officially a Guinness World Record holder for the greatest distance covered on a motocross bike in 24 hours.

Paul took on the challenge at Rogershill Raceway near Bere Regis last September but his confirmation has just arrived in the post.

He smashed the previous record set by American Perry Prichard by more than 130km, clocking up 565.74km.

He said: “It’s one thing breaking the record, but to have it officially recognised by Guinness is something else.

“It’s a very proud moment for me and my family and all of those people that helped, supported and sponsored me to make this happen.

“It seems a long time ago now but when I received the confirmation the emotions I felt having completed the record came flooding back.

“So many fantastic people helped to make this happen, and I thank everyone for their support in helping me to raise awareness and money for two fantastic charities in the Weldmar Hospice and Wings for Life and break a World Record.”

Motocross fans can see Paul in action as a documentary about his world record attempt is aired this afternoon at 1pm on the Extreme Sports channel.

The 36 year-old said he is unsure whether he would complete such a gruelling challenge again. He added: “Last year was so full of ups and downs, hard work and triumphs, and you certainly realise how much you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

“So many great things happened and to be supported by three-time world motocross champion Dave Thorpe and his Honda team was something else, as was riding with former British champion Stephen Sword and quad stuntman Matt ‘The Kangaroo Kid’ Coulter. The number of people that turned out to support me on the day was humbling and it is something that will stay with me for a very long time.”

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