The Motul Pirelli Sherco Factory Team of 2016 adds a new face and rising talent in the form NSW rider Wil Ruprecht. The young gun from Taree joins Victorian-based rider Justin Carafa who returns to the Team after a short but successful stint on the Team in the latter half of 2015.
Ruprecht will pilot the new Sherco 450SEF-R in the Under-19 class of the Australian Off-Road Championship and the E2 class at the Australian Four Day Enduro. Ruprecht will also contest the 2016 NSW Off-Road Championship and the Hattah Desert Race.
Justin Carafa will also race the Sherco 450SEF-R and will be in the thick of the action in the highly competitive E2 class. Carafa is scheduled to race the Australian Off-Road Championship, Australian Four Day Enduro, Victorian Off-Road Championship and the Hattah Desert Race.
The newly-formed Motul Pirelli Sherco Academy Team will mirror the efforts of the Factory Team with the emerging talents of Victorian Jai Wedlock and two-time Tasmanian MX Champion and three-time Off-Road Champion, Baylee Davies.
Wedlock will pilot the Sherco 300SEF-R in the Under-19 class of the Australian Off-Road Championship and E2 in the Australian Four Day Enduro while Davies will race the Sherco 250SEF-R in the E1 class. Both riders will contest their respective State Off-Road Championship and the Hattah Desert Race.
“We have a very strong rider line-up this year and we’re confident of being right in the thick of the action and in contention for Championships across every class we enter,” explained Sherco Australia Brand Manager Stephen Tuff.
“We’ve completed some early season testing and all four riders have made improvements to their setup and their speed. Chad’s Off-Road Setups and our Team Operations Manager Dave Suter work extremely well with the riders and have the bikes in good shape. We’re all excited for a big year.”
The 2016 Australian Off-Road Championship commences March 19 at Kilkivan, Queensland.