Australia’s Andy Wilksch experiences tough debut to world championship EnduroGP racing


The final stop for the 2017 EnduroGP season in Zschopau, Germany served as the end-of-season goal for the Australian Motul Pirelli Sherco Team. With the Australian off-road racing season over Andy Wilksch jetted to Germany to race his first world championship EnduroGP supported by his Motul Pirelli Sherco team mates from Australia.

Wilksch lined up to race the Enduro Junior Class for riders under 23 years on a Sherco 300 SEF-R supplied by the CH Racing Team. Fellow Aussie and lead rider for the CH Racing Team, Matthew Phillips, helped guide Wilksch into the toughest EnduroGP of the year.

Extremely technical special tests in a variety of brutal terrain challenged the young Australian over the two days of racing in stark contrast to typical racing conditions found in Australia.

“We knew Andy was in for a tough ride,” stated Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Dave Suter. “But we were well informed and well equipped with a great bike thanks to the CH Racing Team. In typical Andy style, he just toughed it out and smiled the whole way through. The tracks were really technical which saw a quarter of the field unable to finish so I’m very proud of Andy.”

Wilksch placed 19th in class on Saturday and 20th on Sunday.

“The tracks were technical, but I really enjoyed it,” said Wilksch. “Rain made the second day a little more interesting, but I still had a bal. The depth of rider talent was insane, and the crowds were awesome. I’ve never seen so many spectators on the trails. I owe a massive thanks to the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team in Australia for making this happen and traveling all this way to support me. Also, the CH Racing Team for the great bike, advice and making us all feel so welcome.”

Andy Wilksch and the rest of the Motul Pirelli Sherco team will now return to Australia to support Wade Young, Hamish Macdonald and Angus Macdonald who will race the Wildwood Rock Extreme in Melbourne this weekend.