Motul Pirelli Sherco Team rider Nathan Trigg has recorded a personal best Hattah Desert Race result with fifth place aboard the Motul Pirelli Sherco 450 SEF-R. The top five outright result also awarded Trigg with second place in the 450cc four-stroke class.
Trigg began the 8-lap race from sixth position but quickly set about forcing his way into fourth place in the opening laps.
“I was really pumped on the first lap,” Trigg explained. “It was crazy but I hung onto Lyndon Snodgrass’s tail there for a bit. We were hanging together on the straights and the Sherco was holding its own. Around half way through the first lap I looked back and couldn’t see anyone behind me which was good and I just kept trying to charge it.”
Trigg maintained his track position until the final lap where he came under attack from defending Hattah champion Daniel Milner and was relegated to fifth position.
“The track was dry and chopped up rough but Chad’s Off-Road Setups had my bike spot-on,” said Trigg. “It got really rough out there but the track evolved from the heavy traffic and the square edge bumps were brutal. The last two laps I was feeling it but if you looked, you could still find some smooth lines by squaring up turns. It was really good fun.”
Trigg completed the 8-lap race in a time of 4-hours and 24-minutes earning him second place in the 450cc class and fifth place overall.
“Nathan rode well,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “We have an excellent bike in the 450 SEF-R. It’s fast enough to take on the big-bores yet it’s manageable too which makes it a compliant bike to race. It’s a tough machine that can go the distance and we proved that with Nathan. This is a solid result for our Team.”
Photography: John Pearson