2011 Troy Sheridan
Well with under a week to drive back from Coolum and get the bikes ready for our last Enduro, it was fair to say we were a little pushed for time. After the last two months being on the road I think we are kind of getting used to it.
As we arrived at Wilmot and hopped out of the car I soon knew I should of repacked my gear bag for Tassie conditions and not Coolum. Instead of 27 degrees we had about 10 and some high winds.
With this our last Enduro for the year we ran a new format which was two different tracks. We did 3 laps of the first track (about 20 minutes a lap) which a break in between & then 3 laps of the second track. These were scored as separate races with the point's tallied together at the end - this meant you could have a really good day or bad.
Race 1 we decided to have a peg draw to decide our starting positions - which I pulled number 6 out and Clinton (my brother) pulled out number 2. Each person started with a 10 second gap between each rider.
Starting back behind some riders was something different and fun but by the end of the first lap I found myself in first with Clinton tagging on behind in second. Half way through the second lap I lost Clinton and continued on with my pace but struggling a little with no rear brakes because of a bend rear disc. Still pushing hard I finished the first race 1 minute in front of Clinton.
Race 2 was back to having Clinton only 10 seconds behind off the start. I pushed hard from the start and had about 1 minute lead but also a flat front tyre. With a quick tyre change and my brother now in front by 1-2 minutes it forced me to ride harder than normal but it's just what you have to do when your brother is in front. With ½ a lap to go I passed Clinton and continued on to take out race two as well.
This weekend capped off my best ever Enduro Season (made even better by having Clinton riding as well) with a clean sweep winning every race for the year and Clinton taking second.
I'd really like to thank all my pit helpers for the day - Linc, Thalia, Phil & Heath.
After a long week getting the bike prepared for endure riding and battling a chest infection, Clint & I packed up the trailer and headed to Backers Beach for the last 2 hour enduro for the year.
After a bit of light rain overnight it was a sunny day at the track and as predicted it was perfect conditions for the race. I adjusted my suspension and tyre pressures knowing the track is very rocky and rooty. After a quick riders briefing we all lined up and because I was the series leader I left first. Knowing the track was quite rough and unforgiving I set off on the first lap pretty conservative.
After the first half a lap Clint had caught up and I instantly picked the pace up which was the kick I needed. I came through the pits after the first lap with a nice lead.
With the next two laps drama free and me getting into an awesome rhythm I had built a nice lead and pulled into the pits for fuel. With a quick refuel from dad and a goggle change from Linc I was back on the track for the final two laps.
At this stage I was feeling great on the DS450xmx and still had a good lead but knowing my brother was behind I knew I had to keep pushing. With the bike set up so well my final two laps where the quickest and I came home with the win.
Great outcome for Can-am X Team once again with a one, two. Special thanks to Dad (John Sheridan) & Lincoln Bird for their help during the day with lap times, gap times, drinks and goggle changes.
I would like to thank my sponsors:- BRP Australia, Austraco, Quad Squad, CRC, 47 Industries, Sidchrome, Wyllie Tiles, Dannebrog Café, Kitten Car Care, Fox, Oddy, Fit 4 Life, Sheridan Construction & Can- Am.
Coolum Pines - Queensland - 1st & 2nd October
An early wake up on Friday thanks to a few alarm clocks in the tree above. This gave us a good start on our set up which didn't take long with Rob, Trudy, Harry & Cooper helping & supply the tents - the area was set up by lunch time. With set up all done we all headed into town for some lunch and relax while taking in the sites of Coolum.
Saturday morning saw us up nice and early again for sign in & scrutineering. Being excited about the race but nervous at the same time about how we would go being so fresh into the MX scene and also the quality of the fields.
RACE DAY TWO
Heat 3 & 4
I'd like to thank my mate and local Tassie rider Mick Smith who loaned us his van & also Tiny & Dad for all their support during the weekend. Also to all my sponsors for making the weekend possible and a lot easier.
Sponsors:- BRP Australia, Austraco, Quad Squad, CRC, 47 Industries, Sidchrome, Wyllie Tiles, Dannebrog Café, Kitten Car Care, Fox, Oddy, Fit 4 Life, Sheridan Construction,
A couple of days back in Tassie after the SA Title I was back on the phone so i could compete in the Yamaha Victorian Titles. It was a last minute decision to make the trip but an awesome opportunity to race with my Can-am X-Team team mates and get some experience with 15 minute moto's before the Aus Nationals.
Off the plane in Melbourne we travelled the 3.5 hours to Horsham to have a quick look at the track (in the dark)ready for the next days racing.
Getting to the track early helped so I had time to talk to my team mates to pick up some pointers on the best way to handle the jumps. After a good practice session where i got familiar with the jumps and ripped track it was time to race.
I would like to thank my sponsors:- BRP Australia, Austraco, Quad Squad, CRC, 47industries, Sidchrome, Wyllie Tiles, Dannebrog Café, Kitten Car Care, Fox, Oddy, Fit 4 Life, Sheridan Construction,