Sherco’s ever-expanding presence in the Australian off-road motorcycle racing scene has been bolstered with the drafting of emerging extreme enduro star Tom Woodhouse.

The 17-year-old, who clicks into ‘official’ adult mode on December 29, will compete in the five-round 2022 Australian Hard Enduro Championship on a Sherco 250 SE Factory, as well as continuing to support the enduro scene in his home state of Tasmania.

The hard enduro series begins with the aggressively named ‘Kosciusko Killer’ in Victoria on April 2-3 and concludes with the ‘Insane Ride’ in Tasmania on September 24-25.

Woodhouse will join a number of Sherco dealer-backed riders on the hard enduro startline, including Chris Perry, Anthony Solar, Sam Preece, Sam Rogers and Callum Ceglinski.

Motul Pirelli Sherco Race Team’s factory rider Tim Coleman will also be on location.

“I’m delighted to be joining Sherco Australia in 2022,” said Woodhouse, who’s currently in his second year of a diesel mechanic apprenticeship. “I’ve already done about seven hours practice on the Sherco, and I couldn’t be happier with the package.

“Racing’s in my blood: I started competing in enduro when I was about four, and I’ve also dabbled in trials which gave me the perfect grounding for hard enduro. I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”

Woodhouse hit the mainland for both rounds of the truncated 2021 Australian Hard Enduro Championship, finishing with 13-8 results.

He also won the Insane Ride, which was originally part of the national calendar before Covid restrictions made it impossible for mainland riders to attend.

Woodhouse’s other major success in 2021 came alongside Motul Pirelli Sherco Race Team’s Jonte Reynders when they combined to win the season-ending eight-hour enduro in Tasmania.