One of the biggest events in Australia is taking place this weekend in Victoria, hosted by the North West Victorian Motorcycle Club – the Hattah Desert Race.
Andrew Wilksch participated in the event last year and is returning to tackle to massive race once again.
“I sure am heading back up there to Hattah, I was in the Up to 450cc 4-stroke class last year and will be competing in that class once again,” Andrew said.
In 2016, in the Up to 450cc 4-stroke class, Andrew finished 6th and he was inside the top 20 overall, finishing 16th.
“I was surprised to be honest but really happy to finish that far up the order. It was a turning point for my season last year, I ended up getting my first Australian Off Road Championship class win not too long after Hattah last year.”
Unlike a large number of people, Andrew didn’t find himself preparing too much for Hattah last year, something that has changed slightly this year.
“There was really minimal preparation last year really. I raced in South Australia for the AORC the weekend before and then spent the week leading up to Hattah getting my bike set up.”
“I did one test ride on the Friday morning before scrutineering and that was about it.”
“This year I’ve been up in Red Cliffs doing a bit of testing early last week and then I’ve been with my personal trainer after work each day throughout the week.”
As one of the largest events to take place in this country, there is a great atmosphere around the weekend. Whether that be in the pits, on the start line or on the Friday night as scrutineering is taking place and there is always a decent crowd on hand to watch proceedings.
“The high speeds and getting to race against MX guys that we don’t usually race against all year, that’s what I like about Hattah.”
“Then there is the atmosphere on the Friday night too, it’s unreal!”
Keep an eye on the MV Website and Facebook Page for a full week of Hattah build and don’t forget that the North West Vic MCC Facebook Page is also your best place to get information about the upcoming event!