Sherco team rider Jonte Reynders has steered his 300 SEF Factory thumper to the Outright victory in the 2023 Pilot Air Compressors Australian Four Day Enduro Championships held at Hervey in southern WA.
Reynders used a mighty win in the all-important final moto on day four to snare the Outright and E2 class win by the slimmest of margins — just half a second! — over Shop.Yamaha team rider Josh Green, who suffered a knee injury on the first lap of the race but bull-dogged his way to the finish.
Behind Reynders and Green, Team KTM rider Andy Wilksch rounded out the Outright and E2 class podiums.
In the E1 division for small-bore machines, GasGas Australia rider Korey McMahon put together a solid week to take the title ahead of Cooper Sheidow, who had replaced the injured Kyron Bacon in the Shop.Yamaha team. Behind them Will Price put in an impressive effort to bring his Empire Kawasaki thumper home in third.
In the big-bore E3 category, Riley McGillivray on his KTM 500 EXC was the pacesetter and grabbed the national championship ahead of the Husqvarna pairing of Sam Pretscherer and Stefan Granquist.
In the Women’s class, Yamaha’s Jess Gardiner was simply flawless and charged to an amazing seventh Australian championship victory, and now jumps on a plane to head to Europe for the fast approaching Scandinavian rounds of the Enduro GP championship, where she currently sits second in the Women’s division. Behind Gardiner, Husqvarna’s Emilie Karlsson finished runner-up, with Ebony Nielsen completing the podium.
In the age categories Gavin Russell topped Masters for riders over 45, while in Veterans for riders aged 35 to 45, Glenn Kearney made a big return to racing to top the category aboard a Honda 450 … way to go Red Dog!
In the Teams categories, NSW lead home Victoria and WA in the Senior Trophy ranks, while Victoria edged out WA in the Junior Trophy division.