The annual Nhill Pony Express Enduro held in Western Victoria has been won the by Motul Pirelli Sherco duo of Nathan Trigg and Andy Wilksch. The Sherco team mates had to work for their win after a poor start left them well behind the main field.
With 173 senior entrants, the fight to get into the lead was never going to be easy as Wilksch explained.
“I totally stuffed the start which forced us to play catch-up all day. We just kept chipping away at it and on the third-last lap I pulled in 50-seconds on the leaders and had us within striking distance to pass for the lead.”
Wilksch handed the riding duties back to Trigg for the penultimate lap where Trigg unleashed the mighty Sherco 450 SEF-R and made the pass for the lead. Trigg pulled a 15-second margin on second place before he pulled into the pits and Wilksch set out on the final 18-minute lap.
“It’s such a fun track,” Wilksch continued. “It’s bottomless sand in section, there’s bush sections and the turns get so sandy you can charge into them as hard as you dare and just keep the throttle on and rail them. Four hours is a long race and the track gets rough enough to torch plenty of people but it’s awesome fun.”
Wilksch was able to further extend the Team Sherco lead on his 300 SE Factory edition on the final lap and cross the finish line 30-seconds clear of second place.
“It was great to get the win,” said Wilksch “The team of Beau Taylor and Jayden Pilgrim have won this race for the past seven years. I’ve been here before and failed to catch them so it was good to end their winning streak. It’s quite a popular race and there’s some serious pace near the front so it was rewarding to get the win with Triggy.”
Wilksch and Trigg completed 13 laps of the Nhill circuit, 30-seconds clear of seven-time event winners Taylor and Pilgrim, while Corey Watts and Morgan McNicol were third.