Motul Pirelli Sherco Team rider Andy Wilksch has placed second at round three of the South Australian Off-Road Championship in Crystal Brook after an epic race-long battle.
Wilksch nailed the holeshot of the cross country race on his Sherco 300 SE Factory edition but was passed early by championship leader, Riley Graham. Wilksch and Graham set a swift pace out in the front clear of the field and engaged in a see-sawing battle for the lead.
“I sat on Riley’s tail on the first lap and was riding at a comfortable pace,” Wilksch said. “The track was just perfect with great traction and moist ground conditions, but the creek crossings were very boggy. Riley got stuck on the first lap and I took over the lead and the race went like that for the rest of the day.”
Wilksch and Graham both became bogged on numerous occasions with the lead changing hands as a result.
“On the second last lap I saw Riley was bogged so I tried a different line and had to ghosty my bike up a creek bank to prevent me and my bike drowning,” Wilksch continued. “I saved the bike but I went for a swim. Riley got back into the lead again and I completed the race with a muddy bike, muddy grips and muddy gloves. It was a fun race and a great battle. I’m so close to getting that win but I’ll have to wait for round four to try again.”
Wilksch will now turn his attention towards rounds 5 and 6 of the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) to be held at Dungog, NSW this coming weekend, July 28-29. Wilksch is currently third in the AORC E3 Class Championship, just two points in arrears of second place.
Photo: J M Widdison