The 2019 Australian Off-Road Championship came to a thrilling end in Hedley, southern Victoria over the weekend. Sherco Australia claimed second place in the E3 Class with Andy Wilksch aboard the Motul Pirelli Sherco 500 SEF Factory edition.
The final two rounds of the 11-round Championship were staged on a pristine cross country track in near perfect conditions. Competitors raced a three-hour cross country on Saturday and an enduro sprint on Sunday. Wilksch taking second place in the open capacity E3 Class on each occasion.
“Andy rode well this year,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “He put in more effort off the track and gave himself the best chance of a solid result. Her rides the 500 SEF very well and his consistency paid off with a solid result for himself and for Sherco.”
Wilksch’s AORC runner-up placing has given the Sherco 500 SEF it’s first full season of racing with the new model proving to be fast and reliable in some extremely tough circumstances.
“It was a brutal way to finish the Championship with two very physically-demanding days of racing,” said Wilksch. “I’m really happy to finish the year with second in the E3 Class and I’m stoked to finish 9th outright across all the classes. And it’s with a massive thanks to the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team for providing me with such a great bike. That 500 is just so much fun to race.”
Wilksch will now head to Western Australia to compete in rounds 5 and 6 of the WA Enduro Championship on September 29 and 30.