Newly-signed Husqvarna rider on the sidelines for Toowoomba's AORC.
Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team newcomer Andy Wilksch will make a delayed debut with the team after suffering numerous injuries in a pre-season crash.
The 23-year-old, who’ll contest the E2 category on his return, injured his back and small finger while preparing for the upcoming Australian Off-Road Championship.
The Victorian is hopeful of a return at the second stop of the series for rounds three and four, scheduled on 14-15 March at Dungog in New South Wales.
“It’s a dream come true to be on the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team and have the support that the factory squad offers,” Wilksch commented. “I’m just excited for the opportunity to learn as much as I can from some top-level people and hopefully I can further my career on the Husqvarna FE 450 – I’ve really adapted well to the bike, especially with how comfortable and nimble it is.
“Unfortunately, I had a practice crash recently and it was enough to put a stable fracture in the lowest vertebra of my spine, but it is just a setback that’s come at an unfortunate time. Plus, I had surgery on my pinky finger as well. I’m fortunate to have such great support through the team, so hopefully I’ll be on-track for rounds three and four of the AORC season.”
The opening round of the Australian Off-Road Championship is due to take place on 22-23 February at Toowoomba in Queensland.