After a three-year break Sherco UK Importers, Malcolm Rathmell Sport, returned to the formula of running their Sherco Test Day last Saturday, near Pateley Bridge.
Started in 1999 the Open Day has always proved to be a success and now, with the added discipline of enduro, a lot of work goes into making sure the event lives up to its name.
With a last-minute change of venue due to adverse weather conditions, the staff at MRS had their work cut out, but they put on a good enduro track for testing which involved the planting of over 300 stakes.
The owners of Toft Gate Cafe, Greenhow came to the rescue and there was an added bonus to this arrangement with the facilities of the cafe being available for the day.
A full line-up of bikes was available to test in Factory spec – apart from the small 125 2T Race, which so effectively won the World Youth Championship this year with Hamish Macdonald from New Zealand onboard.
This means that all bikes on test come with the highest spec which includes the top-spec KYB suspension and forks, Akrapovic exhaust system on the four-stroke versions and FFM rear exhaust on the two-strokes.
Sherco pulled out all the stops to bring a genuine factory machine to the public and got the full enduro team together with the trials team.
Jack Edmondson made an appearance, although he is still out through injury, along with Dan Mundell, Harry Hilliers-Rees, Aaron Gordon, James Dent, Alfie Webb, Richard Moorhouse, John Stanley, Gary Jenkins and new signing to Sherco Rich Ely, who will be riding under the Fast Eddy banner for 2020.
Tom Knight desperately wanted to come and join the team but having only passed his test on the Monday, Juan wasn’t too keen on him setting off to Yorkshire on his own.
But Tom will be flying the Sherco flag next year on a 250 four-stroke Factory.
On the trials front, six-times World Ladies Champion Emma Bristow was joined by husband James Fry, Dan and Jack Peace, Jack Shepherd, Chris Pearson, Victoria Payne and Tom Ablewhite.
These riders travelled from as far afield as Devon, Portsmouth, and Norfolk making the test day into a substantial event.
Onto the night time entertainment, which is always the highlight when the dealers come together with all the riders to relax and chat.
They were joined by Michelin supremo Andy James, along with his partner in crime Stuart Dozey after a lot of fun the top dealer of the year award was presented to Road and Trials, which was thoroughly deserved and has taken them 19 years to win!
To say they were elated was an understatement.
MRS looked to Rob Dawson for laying out the course and staying on at night and enjoying a really good party and it only remained for Malcolm, Martin, Rhoda and Carly to wish all their team, both trials and enduro, a successful 2020.