Kiwi enduro racer Hamish Macdonald has become the first New Zealander to win an Enduro GP after the Sherco rider dominated the Enduro GP of Italy in Edolo over the weekend. Macdonald won both Saturday and Sunday’s rounds of racing aboard a Sherco 125 SE-R in the hotly contested 125cc Youth Cup.
The New Zealand flyer was joined on the Youth Cup podium on Sunday by fellow Sherco riders Dan Mundell and Matthew Van Oevelen who placed second and third respectively. The Sherco 125 SE-R proving to be the most popular mount amongst the fastest 125cc competitors on the world stage.
Macdonald has enjoyed a busy 2018 racing season based in Europe and the UK and trying his hand at as many race events as possible. The understated rider from Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand is a tough competitor that can quickly adapt to varying conditions and race formats.
Macdonald first came to the attention of Australian riders and fans when he placed third in the 2017 Wildwood Rock Extreme. The young Kiwi shared the podium with renowned extreme enduro experts Wade Young and Pol Tarres and was a class above the Australian riders.
“I’m really pleased for Hamish,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “I’ve come to know Hamish and his family over the past year and obviously since having him on our Team at Wildwood Rock Extreme last year. He’s a no-fuss sort of bloke and incredibly easy to work with. He just gets on with the job at hand and rides as best he can every single time he gets on the bike. I sincerely wish him all the best for the remainder of the Enduro GP Championship and I’m looking forward to working with him again later this year.”
Macdonald currently holds second place in the 125cc Youth Cup of the 2018 Enduro GP Championship. At the completion of the Championship, Macdonald will return to Melbourne for the 2018 Wildwood Rock Extreme with the Motul Pirelli Serco Team.