CHAMPION Australian bike racer Gary Moon has been killed during at a meet in north Queensland. Moon, 44, was competing in a speedway race at the Townsville Showgrounds when he crashed about 9pm Friday. Police say he died a short time later from injuries he received in the crash. Motorcycling Queensland general manager Lindsay Grainger said Moon, who lived in Townsville, was a 20-year veteran of the speedway who was an ''exceptionally gifted competitor''. He won multiple national and Queensland championships and earned himself a speedway world championship in 2004. Moon was a regular visitor to the Territory and once hailed Alice Springs' Arunga Park as one of the best speedways in the country. Mr Grainger said the speedway racing community will be ''devastated'' by Moon's loss. ''He was a very strong member of that community,'' he told AAP. ''They're a very tight community and he was exceptionally well respected within that group.'' Police are preparing a report for the coroner.