It’s been a turbulent year of off-road racing for Tasmanian Jonte Reynders. The promising racer joined the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team mid-way through the season before suffering a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined until late in the year.
Reynders remained focussed and despite missing round six of the nine-round Tasmanian Series, the Sherco rider still managed to place second for the 2019 season.
The final round held last weekend was an eight-hour cross country team event where Reynders raced with Lincoln Bird. The duo put in a dominating performance to win the race by four-minutes and 30-seconds over the team of Matthew Phillips and Kyron Bacon.
“It was a great race to end the year,” offered Reynders. “The track was 25km long and took around 38-minutes to complete. It was a long day of pounding out laps. The first two hours were raced in dry and overcast conditions then it rained for the next six hours.”
Reynders and Bird locked into battle with the Phillips/Bacon team but ultimately came home for a solid win by a comfortable margin. Although missing out on the State title in 2019, Reynders remains positive about his speed and ability and the switch to racing with the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team.
“I won five out of the nine events for the year and proved I was fast and winning more often than not,” said Reynders. “I’m so hungry for the title in 2020. I’ve really enjoyed racing on the Sherco 300 SEF Factory this year. It’s such a solid bike that’s fast and reliable. I’m very fortunate to have the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team behind me and I believe my best is yet to come.”