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MX legend steps up to support World Record hopeful!

Motocross Legend Dave Thorpe and his team at the Dave Thorpe Honda Off Road Centre have stepped up to assist World record hopeful Paul Oughton with his quest to break the Guinness World record of the longest distance achieved on a Motocross bike in 24 Hours.

Paul who hails from Weymouth in Dorset has been under going a rigourous training regime over the last four months in preperation for the attempt which takes place at the Rogershill Raceway on the 10th and 11th September. In attempting this record he is also raising funds for the Weldmar Hospice in Dorchester and the international Wings for Life charity which funds the research of spinal chord injuries.

Four times World Champion Dave Thorpe said of the support “we met Paul through a mutual aquaintance a few months back, and it only came to light a bit later what he was undertaking. With the new Off Road Centre now in full swing, and with a great trainer in Stephen Sword on top of the fact Honda are the most reliable motocross bikes in the World, we felt that we were in a great position to help Paul out. We will be supporting him with both training and bikes for the attempt itself. Paul is also supporting some great charities in doing this attempt and we are glad to help him all we can”.

Paul said of the announcement “When I was contacted by Dave with his offer of support, I was amazed to say the least, its not very often a four times World Champion calls you up. I am really looking forward to getting some laps in on the Honda, and to be riding at their Off Road Centre, in Cardiff. I used to race against Stephen Sword back in the day and to have him and Dave in my corner is a dream come true. Not only that but the full team at the Off Road Centre have been really helpful and supportive and I am hoping to break the record for them as much as for the charities and my family & friends who have been offering me amazing support”.

Stephen Sword is a three times British Champion and GP regular for 13 seasons and having retired this year from competitve racing is the full time coach of the Off Road Centre which offers Enduro. Motocross & taster sessions for beginners to experienced riders with all bikes and equipment provided at their venue in Ynyswbwl, South Wales, the heart of some of the very best off-road motorcycling terrain in the UK.

Sword’s said of the attempt “I know Paul has been working hard on his fitness both on and off the bike, but he has a big task to achieve so I am looking forward to putting him through his paces to ensure he is as fully prepared both mentally and physically for September”.

The Off Road Centre will be supporting Paul with one of Stephens Honda 250f bikes which should give him a smoother ride than his own Yz250 2 stroke that he is currently training on.

For more information on the record attempt visit follow on twitter @24hoursofmx or make a donation at

For information on the Dave Thorpe Honda Off Road Centre visit visit them on twitter @dthondaoffroad on facebook or by calling 01884 266443


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