The second annual Mallee Motorcycles Enduro MX will take place tomorrow, Saturday March 2, near Ouyen in the north west of Victoria. Riders will face a 4km natural terrain sand track that snakes over and around sand dunes for three gruelling 30-minute motos.
With a weather forecast of 39-degrees Celsius and a quality field of riders, the Mallee Motorcycles Enduro MX will most certainly draw on the endurance of those brave enough to race one of the toughest motocross events on the calendar.
For 2018 champion, Nathan Trigg, it’s the first real opportunity to flex his racing muscles in a brand new season.
“I’m pretty keen to get into it,” Trigg enthused. “It’s going to be hot, really hot. The forecast is for 39 but down at the track in the sand dunes in could be as high as 45, but I’m confident. My mentality and conditioning from training in the heat over the summer will give me a good advantage, I think.
As defending champion, Trigg will enter the hometown event as favourite but is sure to come under fire from some very fast company intent on taking his number-one plate.
“This race is a really good test of who’s been training over summer,” Trigg explained. “It’s a really tough event and while the format is motocross, the endurance side of it plays a huge part. I’ve done some testing with Chad’s Off-Road Setups and dialled in my suspension and my bike is ripping. But, of course, you need to be there at the end and that’s what I’m aiming for.”
Trigg will race the Motul Pirelli Sherco 450 SEF Factory edition and will be joined by fellow Sherco racers, Danielle Foot and Ryan Cossens. Foot will race a Road and River Sherco 300 SEF Factory edition and Cossens will race a Tweaked Performance Sherco 500 SEF Factory edition.