The Motul Pirelli Sherco Team heads into the business-end of the Australian Off-Road Championship with rounds five and six being staged on the undulating lush terrain of Kyogle in northern NSW this weekend.
Team stalwart Andy Wilksch continues his fight for a podium place in the E3 Class aboard the Sherco 500 SEF Factory edition and is confident of making inroads after placing sixth outright at the recent Hattah Desert Race.
“I think it’ll be an interesting weekend,” Wilksch offered. “It’s off-camber and one of the more technical rounds of the championship so it’ll be a good challenge for me. I’m looking forward to it because I know I can improve on my efforts in that environment. I’ll be racing on the 90/100-21 XC mid-soft Pirelli the 120/100-18 XC mid-soft on the rear. We’re facing a lot of bush riding and open track and this tyre combination will be perfect. I’m confident to go for it and battle for the top-three. That’s where I need to be. I’m looking forward to a battle.”
Wilksch will be joined by new teammate Jonte Reynders who will race the Sherco 300 SEF Factory edition in the E2 Class. Reynders joined Wilksch for a team test session last week under the guidance of team manager Derek Grundy where the riders went through tyre and suspension setup tuning with Chad’s Off-Road Setups.
“This is my first official race with the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team and I’m really looking forward to it,” Reynders explained. “I’ve had a 300 SEF Factory edition at home for a while and I love it. Derek has built me a great race bike and after testing with Chad last week, I am feeling right at home. It’s a fast bike that I can comfortably ride fast. We have great suspension and the best tyres driving us forward and I just want to get amongst it at Kyogle. I’m not in the hunt for the Championship after moving up in class from E1 but I’m keen to make an impression and show what this Sherco 300 is capable of.”
The racing format for rounds five and six of the Australian Off-Road Championship is a double sprint. Racing will be staged at Taveners Road, Little Back Creek Via Kyogle, NSW.