Great Western’s Andy Wilksch took centre stage in Adelaide when he got a last minute call up to take part in the invite-only enduro-x motorcycle racing event on March 3-5.
Wilksch was not initially selected to be part of the event but was contacted less than a week before the first race about the opportunity to be apart of it.
The 20-year-old got the call on the Monday and was in Adelaide racing by Friday night.
Wilksch said it was a rush but his results improved during the weekend.
"I started off in ninth in the first race out of 15 riders,” he said.
"By the end of the weekend, I was up to sixth.
"I definitely got more comfortable with the bike as the weekend went on which helped.”
Wilksch navigated the tight track for six laps and completed a total of 14 races during the weekend.
The event included three of the world’s best riders including American Cody Webb.
Webb has previously won silver medals at the X Games, the top competition for extreme sports.
The enduro-x meet was a support event for the Clipsal 500 weekend with around 3000 people watching the races across the three days and included $40,000 prizemoney.
Wilksch said it was a learning experience to ride against such high quality competitors.
"It was really awesome to meet them and learn off them during the weekend,” he said.
“Then to be able to ride against them and test myself and the Sherco 450 bike in races topped it off.”
The former Marian College student and Moyston-Willaura footballer said it gave him a real buzz when he was riding in front of such a big crowd.
“I was first out onto the track during the night sessions, so that was a bit of pressure but it was also a lot of fun,” he said.
“It was easily the biggest crowd I have raced in front of, so that was a highlight as well.”
Wilksch’s dad travelled across for the event and was also joined by his girlfriend and her family for Saturday and Sunday races.
He has already turned his focus to the upcoming season with his first Australian title event in New South Wales on April 9.
Wilksch will also be in action at the Ararat motorcycle club track on March 18 before the national season starts.
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