Jonte Reynders and the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team have joined forces to contest the remainder of biggest off-road racing series in Australia and the famous Hattah Desert Race. Reynders joins the successful Team at the mid-season break of the Australian Off-Road Championship and is gearing up for what is considered the business-end of the racing calendar.
“Jonte deserves this opportunity,” said Motul Pirelli Sherco Team manager, Derek Grundy. “He’s always been a good rider and the opportunity to ride for a Factory Team has been hard to come by. He’s had some major set-backs but shown great character to come back fitter and faster. He bleeds racing and wants success badly. It’s exciting to work with a rider so focussed on doing their best.”
Reynders suffered a severe injury in 2017, breaking his neck and forcing him to re-evaluate his participation in off-road motorcycle racing. Incredibly, the tough Tasmanian made a comeback to the sport at State-level in 2018 and this year returned to National competition.
“Jonte has set his sights high,” Grundy continued. “He’s leading the premiere off-road racing Championship in Tasmania with three straight wins and he’s knocking on the door of upsetting some well-established names on the National scene.”
Reynders has adapted quickly to the Sherco, racing to victory on a Motul Pirelli Sherco 300 SEF Factory edition at a three-hour cross country event at Olinda in the north west of Tasmania last weekend.
“It was only my fourth ride on the Sherco so I was stoked to come away with the win,” Reynders said of his victory in Olinda. “I’m really excited for the opportunity the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team has offered me. The bike is great, and the Team is amazing with support. I have seven rounds of the Australian Off-Road Championship to prove my position on the Team and I’ll be going for the win in the 300cc two-stroke Class at the Hattah Desert Race in July.”
Photography: Allison Murphett