Jonte Reynders has produced a towering performance in round three of the 2021 Tasmanian enduro series at Camena aboard his Pirelli Motul Sherco Racing Team 300 SE Factory two-stroke.
The 23-year-old was in a class of his own on the 1km grass track, nailing the holeshot in the feature ‘King of the Paddock’ 20-lap event on May 8 and then waltzing away from the pack.
After building up a lead of nearly 10 seconds, Reynders then adopted a conservative approach in the latter stages but still won by 2.4 seconds – as well as annexing sole leadership of the nine-round series.
Reynders’ major rival, Kyron Bacon, finished in second in the 19-rider field ahead of Hugh McKay, while another Sherco rider, Dalton Johnson, had the pace for a top three finish but was involved in a collision with another rider and finished eighth.
Only five riders completed the full 20-lap distance.
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For Reynders, it was the type of dominant race-hardening hitout that sets him up beautifully for the next leg of the Tassie series – a three-hour enduro on June 17 – and then after that he’s back on the mainland for rounds three and four of the 2021 Australian Off-Road Championship in Kyogle (NSW) on July 17-18.
“It was a tough track at Camena with lots of off-camber corners and heaps of rocks,” said Reynders. “However, we got the 300 SE Factory really humming and in the main race I was able to build up a big lead by the halfway mark.
“With the track continuing to deteriorate, I then backed it off a little in the second half to minimise the chances of making a mistake, and I also didn’t want to get tangled up in the traffic.
“I was really happy with the result, and I can’t wait for the upcoming events as we try to maintain the momentum.”
Reynders now leads the Tasmanian series by 5pts over Bacon, with six rounds remaining – starting with the three-hour enduro at Bakers Beach, east of Latrobe.
But the next outing for the Pirelli Motul Sherco Racing Team will be the iconic Finke Desert Race on the Queens’s Birthday long weekend (June 12-14) in the Northern Territory, with Ouyen (Vic) speedster Nathan Trigg riding a Sherco 450 SEF Factory.SHERCO ENDURO RANGE
Trigg already has three top 10 outright finishes at the Finke, with a best result of sixth in 2017 and victory in the 251-450cc four-stroke class in 2018.
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