SHERCO UK Importers, Malcolm Rathmell Sport, have signed British No.2 Jack Sheppard to ride Sherco in 2018.
The Ipswich ace (right) will contest the British Championship, Scottish Six Days Trial, The Scott, Lakes Two Day, Reeth Three Day and as many Nationals as possible to help MRS promote the Sherco brand.
Said Malcolm Rathmell: “It is great to have Shep on board and brilliant for Sherco to have a front runner in the British Championship again.
“We have had a few years away from challenging for the championship but feel with Jack the time is right to return. “He has good experience, a good temperament and I feel he is the right rider for our team. “I am sure we will have many good years together. Sherco and I have spoken long and hard about trials and we feel the time is now right to go back to basics, trials at grass roots.
“We want to concentrate on national championships, classic trials, nationals and centre/club events. “We have already made headway with James Fry winning the Expert Championship this year, taking the top three places in the S3 Championship with Luke Walker, Chris Pearson and James Fry and the B Class Championship with Dan Slack.
Not forgetting our own superstar Emma Bristow who once again achieved both titles of World and British Ladies Championships as well as brilliant results in the SSDT and the Scott.
Said Jack, “I would like to start by thanking John Lampkin and all at Beta UK who have supported me through the years – it’s been a great time. Now I feel it is time for a change and I am really looking forward to the next year riding a Sherco. “It’s a new challenge and motivation and from my tests on the bike it feels a lovely bit of kit so I can’t wait to get going.
“Thanks to Malcolm and Rhoda and all at MRS for their help so far and moving forward in to next year.”
The FIM have revealed a modified calendar for the 2018 X-Trial Indoor World Trial Championship and also given an insight into the riders for the opening round, due to be held
in Vendee, France on Sunday December 3.