With the 2018 Australian Off-Road Championship about to begin, the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team can reveal their rider and class ambitions. Team manager and 2017 AORC Masters’ Class champion, Derek Grundy, will guide Andy Wilksch and Sophie Coldicutt aboard a two-stroke powered Sherco effort.
“After winning the Masters’ class last year I decided to hang up my helmet and assist the other riders in the Team,” Grundy explained. “Late last year the opportunity to manage the Team presented itself and I quickly set about securing our riders and team partners.”
Andy Wilksch returns to the Team for his second season but will jump from the E2 class where he raced 300 SEF-R and 450 SEF-R machines to the E3 class for 2018.
“I’ll be racing the 300 SE-R two-stroke this year in E3 which is fun change for me,” said Wilksch. “The two-stroke is a lot of fun to ride and it’s set up so well. We’ve tested with Chad’s Off-Road Setups and I just love riding the thing. I just want to go racing.”
Joining Wilksch is Tasmanian flyer Sophie Coldicutt who will race a 250 SE-R in the Women’s class.
“This is my first season with the Sherco Team but it’s already paying off big-time,” Coldicutt offered. “The bike is easy to ride fast. The suspension package and smooth engine make it ideal for off-road racing. It goes hard when you wind it on but carves up the rough and the technical stuff which makes it a real weapon. This bike does it all and it’s fast.”
Coldicutt is set to make a real impact on the AORC after finishing third in the championship in 2017.
“We’re all really excited about 2018,” Grundy continued. “Andy is riding the 300 extremely well. He loves it and a happy rider is a confident rider and he’s good enough to be on the podium. As for Sophie, we believe the Championship is there for the taking. She’s fitter than I have ever seen and has the best equipment she’s ever ridden on. Both riders have the best chance of career best results. They just need to get out there and take it.”
Photography: Kane O’Rourke