Any Wilksch. Photo by John Pearson
Andy Wilksch and Derek Grundy
Sophie Coldicutt. Photo by John Pearson
The Motul Pirelli Sherco Team charged into rounds three and four of the Australian Off-Road Championship with a full head of steam and strong intentions. Andy Wilksch led the charge on his Sherco 300 SE-R and quickly showed he meant business. Wilksch planted himself firmly inside the top 10 overall and rode with purpose to place third in the E3 Class.
Rounds three and four of the AORC were held at Hedley in southern Victoria in dry, dusty and extremely rough conditions. The race format was long sprint laps which demanded a lot from riders and their machines. Motul Pirelli Sherco’s Andy Wilksch and Sophie Coldicutt both worked hard and were suitably rewarded for their efforts with podium places.
“Conditions were incredibly dusty,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “The track conditions changed each lap and the strong and fit riders shone through and that definitely played into Andy’s hands. He stepped it up this weekend. He deserves credit. He rode well and plenty of people were keen to watch him. He was the first two-stroke rider in the field and the bike was running sweet.”
Despite a spectacular crash on Sunday, Wilksch placed third on Sunday and Saturday.
“Bike setup proved to be key in the unpredictable dust,” Wilksch offered. “We’d been working on refining settings with Chad’s Of-Road Setups and my times improved which boosted my confidence. I had to gain a second in final sprint to make the podium on Saturday, so I just went for it. I caught Carpentier and had to sit in his dust for 10-minutes which did my head in. I eventually put a pass on him and I pulled 13-seconds on the third placed rider in my class, so I was able to leapfrog him and make the podium on Saturday. I kept the momentum rolling Sunday. The first two-stroke and the crowd seemed to love it.”
Wilksch praised the handing and power of his Sherco 300 SE-R in the tortuous conditions.
“The light weight of the my 300 played into my hands,” Wilksch continued. “I was able to choose better lines and stay out of the rough stuff due to the precise handling of my bike. I had awesome power on tap which let me pull out of the deep sand and bull dust.”
Sophie Coldicutt put in another robust performance on her Sherco 250 SE-R in the Women’s Class. Coldicutt placed third on Saturday and fourth Sunday.
“Sophie got some fire and intensity into her riding on Saturday and the results showed,” stated Grundy. “She’s a good rider and when she switches on she’s in contention for the podium.”
Road and River Sherco rider Danielle Foot was another Sherco rider to shine at Hedley. Foot placed fourth in the Women’s Class on Saturday and fifth on Sunday. The motocross convert is gaining speed and experience on her 250 SE-R with every off-road event and will be a podium contender in the coming rounds.
The Motul Pirelli Sherco Team will now centre their attention on preparations for the Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs in June.