Ryan Cossens will line up for his seventh Finke Desert Race aboard a Sherco 500 SEF


With the experience of six Finke Desert Race starts to his name, including a class win in 2013, Ryan Cossens is aiming for his best result yet in 2019. The young Victorian will take on this year’s Finke aboard a Sherco 500 SEF Factory edition, claiming he feels a sense of comfort and comradery with the Sherco brand.


“I feel at home with the Sherco,” Cossens said. “The bike is great and although I am not part of the Sherco Factory Team, the support they have given me and will offer me on race weekend is great. It feels more like a group of mates going racing rather than hard work.”


The 24-year-old mechanic and business owner from Numurkah in central northern Victoria won the 250cc four-stroke class in 2013 before claiming 10th outright in 2015 and 8th outright in 2016 on 450cc machines. This year, Cossens will race a Sherco 500 SEF Factory edition for the first time.


“I really do like the Sherco,” Cossens offered. “I’ve tested it quite a bit and to get it race-ready for Finke was really simple as it’s such a good bike straight from the showroom floor. I’ve put in some extra training with backing from 100 % Strength and some coaching and setup advice from Finke legend Ben Grabham and I feel I am in the best shape of my life.”


Cossens is fit, fast and confident ahead of the Finke Desert Race yet remains open-minded about the possibilities of race weekend.


“Finke is a tough race to get right,” Cossens lamented. “I’ve not been able to finish it twice in the past and just a few weeks ago I suffered a crash and broke my sternum and punctured a lung. I’m feeling good now but I’m well aware of quickly things can go bad. But I’m well prepared and I am confident in the bike, so we’ll see how it plays out.”


The Finke Desert Race will be held in Alice Springs over the June long weekend, June 7 -10. Up to 600 riders will race a 226km track south from Alice Springs to Apatula on the ancient Finke River before racing back to Alice Springs the following day.


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