Rounds five and six of the Australian Off-Road Championship held in the northern NSW town of Kyogle started brilliantly for the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team. Andy Wilksch rode well to secure third place in the E3 Class and ninth place outright on Saturday on the mighty Sherco 500 SEF Factory edition.
Jonte Reynders was keen impress on his first official outing for the Team and placed a very respectable fourth in the E2 Class on the Sherco 300 SEF Factory edition. Reynders was just outside the overall top ten in 11th place.
Sunday’s round six saw Reynders step things up, posting very fast times and sitting in third position until a mistake cost him dearly. The young Tasmanian crashing and breaking his scapula and was forced to retire from the event. Wilksch meanwhile, was charging hard on the Sherco 500 SEF, placing third once again in the E3 Class and again, ninth outright.
“It looks like Jonte will be out for four to six weeks,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “He was having a good day and was in a podium position. It’s a cruel blow and I know Jonte is feeling it not just physically but also emotionally because he was so keen to do well for the Team. But we know Jonte is a tough character and he’ll be back soon enough.”
Wilksch made some positive ground on the E3 Class Championship with his Kyogle double podium and moved from fifth to fourth on the Championship standings.
“I had a pretty up and down day on Saturday,” Wilksch explained. “I made some costly mistakes, but it was cool to see some technical tracks in the Championship again. Sunday was super challenging, but it was a solid day for me. I enjoyed the 500 SEF and I have to say, the Team was so supportive of me and making my life as easy as possible so I can just concentrate on riding well. Yes, I made mistakes and I really want to get on that next step of the podium so I’ll have to really analyse where I need to improve and work on that for the next round. I’m gunning to be back in a podium position. I’m only a few points off that now.”
Round 7 of the Australian Off-Road Championship is at Broken Hill over the weekend of August 10 and 11.
Photography by John Pearson