In what is a world-first, the all-new Sherco 500 SEF will fire its first shot on Aussie soil under the intense pressure of competition. Andy Wilksch will debut the new Sherco 500 SEF at this weekend’s round 7 of the Australian Off-Road Championship.
“The 500 SEF is a new model from Sherco developed specifically for the Australian market,” said Sherco Australia’s Stephen Tuff. “Sherco sent us a machine they wanted us to test so we’ll do that with Andy this weekend. There’s no shying away from the fact this is a test in extreme racing conditions. The Broken Hill round of the AORC is scheduled to be a desert-style cross country format, much like the Hattah Desert Race so we figured it was the perfect proving ground for the 500 SEF.”
Wilksch currently holds down 5th position in the E3 Class for big-bore two-strokes and big-bore four-stroke machines. Despite racing a 300 SE two-stroke to-date in 2018, Wilksch is excited to be able to test the 500 SEF in race conditions.
After a short practice ride on Thursday to familiarise himself with the new bike, Wilksch said,” It’s has really useable power. You’re definitely moving once you twist the throttle on. It has good punch off the bottom and in the mid-range she really gets going. It’s definitely fast with plenty of power on tap but at the same time it’s very usable. I’m pretty excited to race it. It’s one thing to have a ride on it but when I am racing it will really give us a good idea of how it will go. And to be the first rider in the world to do this is pretty cool.”
Wilksch will be joined at Broken Hill for round 7 of the Australian Off-Road Championship with Motul Pirelli Sherco Team mate Nathan Trigg. The desert specialist will race a 450 SEF-R, the same machine which Trigg took the 450cc class win at the Finke Desert Race earlier this year. Despite not having raced an AORC event before, Trigg expects to be competitive on the Broken Hill track.
“I’ll give it a go,” said Trigg. “I won’t be setting any records, but I think I can be competitive against the regular top ten boys at the AORC. The conditions should suit me and even though I am known for desert racing I also like motocross, so I can hold my own in fast company.”