Sherco hotshot Jonte Reynders has completed an ideal build-up for the 2021 Hattah Desert Race by dominating the latest round of the Tasmanian enduro series at Bakers Beach, north-east of Launceston, on July 19.
The 24-year-old was a class above on his Pirelli Motul Sherco Racing Team 300 SE Factory two-stroke, easily winning the three-hour event ahead of great rivals Kyron Bacon and Seton Broomhall – even after an extra fuel stop!
“I’m rapt with the result on a circuit that was quite difficult,” said Reynders. “But I made it a little hard for myself – just when I had a decent lead I made a silly mistake of refuelling when I didn’t need to.
“So I topped up the 300 Factory three times instead of two, which obviously cost me a fair bit of time.
“But I was able to regroup and take a strong win to extend my lead in the series.”
Five rounds remain in the state title, but Reynders’ focus will now switch to the mainland for the Hattah Desert from July 2-4 where he will be one of the favourites in the open two-stroke class.
He’ll have some exalted guest company in the Pirelli Motul Sherco Racing Team: Ben Grabham – fresh from his two-stroke-winning heroics at the 2021 Finke Desert Race
– on a 450 SEF Factory and Justin Carafa on a 500 SEF Factory.
Nathan Trigg, who lives just up the road from the Hattah epicentre at Ouyen, will also be looking to bounce back from his knee-twisting prologue crash at Finke, which put him out of the main game. Trigg rides a Mallee Motorcycles-backed 450 SEF Factory.
The circuit is 37km long, with the senior riders to complete eight laps.
The Hattah Desert Race will also feature a ‘come and try it session’ on Sherco’s electric balance bike range
during scrutineering at Red Cliffs on the Friday night.
It’s open to 5-8 year-olds – and one of the juniors will walk away with a brand new EB16 electric balance bike just by taking part!
For more information on the Hattah Desert Race, visit https://hattahdesertrace.com.au