It was a fast-paced start to the 2018 Australian Off-Road Championship in Miva, near Gympie, Queensland last weekend with two days of enduro-sprint racing. The Motul Pirelli Sherco Team faced excellent racing conditions with recent rains making the ground perfect for traction and visibility. A stacked field of riders made for intense racing across all classes and the Motul Pirellli Sherco Team riders were in the thick of it all weekend.
Andy Wilksch began the weekend with steady pace aboard his Sherco 300 SE-R. Wilksch ended round one on Saturday in third position, however, slipped back to fifth for round two on Sunday.
“The track at Miva had everything. Deep sand, grass track and technical rocky sections so it was a good test for my bike setup,” Wilksch explained. “I can definitely say Chad’s Off-Road Setups nailed my suspension package. I’m happy with how my weekend of racing went. I would have preferred to be on the podium both days but I am still stoked to have put the Sherco 300 SE-R on the podium in my first race for the year. I felt more comfortable with every lap and my fastest time was on the final lap of Saturday which is really encouraging.”
Sophie Coldicutt had a consistent weekend placing fourth in the Womens’ class on both days aboard the Sherco 250 SE-R. Despite not making the podium, Coldicutt remained focussed and completed the two rounds of racing determined to improve.
“Sophie Coldicutt had her moments where she found some speed,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “I think she had some trouble coming to terms with the track conditions and unknown to me she was carrying a small injury with her hand. She’s knocking on the door of podium results and can definitely get there.”
“Andy and Sophie will both benefit from more bike time and as the next round rolls around I believe they will be in better positions to challenge for the win in their respective classes. They both showed good speed at times which is encouraging. They did their best, they belong in the mix and after blowing out the nerves and getting the first run over with I think they will come out firing at rounds three and four.”
Fellow Sherco rider and motocross convert, Danielle Foot put in an encouraging ride for her first AORC with 8th and 5th place results aboard her Road and River Sherco 125 SE-R.
Rounds three and four the 2018 AORC will be held May 5-6 at Hedley in Victoria.