Nathan Trigg returns to the Finke Desert Race armed with 450cc of pure firing power


Nathan Trigg is armed and dangerous as he prepares for this year’s Finke Desert Race. Now part of the powerful Motul Pirelli Sherco Team, Trigg is aboard the Sherco 450 SEF-R and is riding faster and feels fitter than ever before.

“I’m feeling fit despite spending more time working in recent weeks than I wanted to do,” said Trigg. “I haven’t been able to ride as much as I wanted but that’s how it is being a farmer.”

Trigg placed 6th in the 2017 Finke Desert Race on a 300cc two-stroke, easily accounting for his class win but the Ouyen farmer is keen to rise up the outright results on the 450cc four-stroke Sherco.

“I’m hoping to go better than last year,” Trigg continued. “I’m keen to settle down and go through my plan and concentrate on getting down to Finke and back. I say it all the time and I’ll stick with the old, ‘to finish first, first you must finish.’ I’m really keen and excited about racing the 450 class. The Sherco is very strong with plenty of power. I can’t wait to see how she goes on the track.”

Nathan Trigg and the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team have spent precious time testing with Chad’s Off-Road Setups and the Team is excited about the possibilities of a strong result.

“There’s no doubt Nathan can do well at Finke,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager Derek Grundy. “He’s a great rider and races with smarts. The Sherco 450 is a solid bike and it punches above its weight in many respects. That said, the Team is under no illusions about how hard this race can be. The sheer brutality of the track and the demands a top rider like Nathan can put on a machine make it difficult to win. That said, we’re very confident we have completed a solid preparation.”

Trigg has been a quiet achiever at the Finke Desert Race, having clocked up 6th, 10th, 11th and 18th place finishes over the past four years. The depth of talent at the top of the field is thick and the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team is determined to see Trigg stay there.

“It’s incredibly difficult to do well in this race,” Grundy continued. “This is our first full crack at the race as a Team and we’re coming into this with our eyes wide open. We have good people around us that know this race very well including Luke and Wayne Woodberry from Mallee Motorcycles, Chad’s Off-Road Setups and two-time Finke winner Rick Hall who are all assisting us, so we are in a very good place. And with an experienced racer like Nathan in our corner we believe we can put Sherco right in the mix for a strong showing.”

The Finke Desert Race commences Saturday, June 9 in Alice Springs, NT with a prologue to determine competitor starting order for the main race. Race day-1 begins Sunday June 10 with the final day of racing Monday June 11.