The four-day Easter weekend is a popular time for rest and relaxation but for four keen Sherco riders it was a time to ride and ride some more. The Australian off-road racing season is about to shift into top gear with a number of high-profile events now just weeks away and riders are hitting their peak.
Motul Pirelli Sherco Team racer Nathan Trigg put on a display of clean and fast riding at the Sea Lake 200 to take what ended up being a convincing win in the north west of Victoria. Racing a Mallee Motorcycles Sherco 500 SEF Factory, Trigg was in impressive form as he continues his preparation for the Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs.
“It’s good to get plenty of bike time and the Sea Lake 200 is a ripper,” Trigg offered. “It’s pretty close to my home near Ouyen and the track is a lot of fun. It was intense so it gave a me a good workout which is ideal conditioning ahead of Finke. It was the first race on my new 500 Factory Sherco too which was just awesome fun to ride.”
Ryan Cossens was another Sherco rider showing good form at the Sea Lake 200. Cossens held onto second place comfortably aboard his Tweaked Performance Sherco 500 SEF Factory before retiring with just one lap to go due to a hand injury.
Across the State, Angus Gelly put in a solid performance at the Krusic’s Ride Park Thumpercross to claim second place in the Pro Open division. Gelly and his Miller Motosport Sherco 500 SEF Factory looked fast and smooth as Gelly also prepares for the Finke Desert Race.
“I went 220.127.116.11 for the day at Krusic’s with a stack in the last moto, “Gelly explained. “I was trying to push a little bit harder and I am starting to get my flow back. I had fun and felt good on the bike so things are progressing well for me.”
While Trigg, Cossens and Gelly are all steering their efforts towards the Finke Desert Race, Andy Wilksch has been busy honing his skills and technique on motocross tracks. The Motul Pirelli Sherco Team rider put in laps at Monza Park in Ballarat and Ride Park at Parwan, west of Melbourne.
“I don’t have any races until the Hattah Desert Race in July so I’m using my time to test, practice and train,” Wilksch said. “I’ve had an okay start to the 2019 race season but I’m super motivated to make the second half of the year my best-ever.”