Benjamin Herrera to race for Sherco in GNCC
FactoryONE Motorsports, AKA Sherco USA, have announced Benjamin Herrera has signed with their supported race team MCS Racing Sherco to compete in the 2021 GNCC series, select Hard Enduros and “possibly” also EnduroCross.
In recent years the Chilean rider has stretched his off-road wings far and wide with distinction by racing a mixed bag of major extreme enduro events plus the SuperEnduro and EnduroGP World Championships, notably as a factory rider with Beta Racing for three years, as well as clocking up ISDE gold medals and multiple national titles.
“I am really excited to be riding on Sherco this year,” said Herrera. “I am looking forward to putting in my best effort which will hopefully translate to podiums in both enduro and extreme off-road events. I am really thankful for this support from Sherco USA as I know how difficult things are with COVID-19. It really means a lot to me.”
GNCC will be a new discipline for Benja who joins compatriot Ruy Barbosa in stepping into the premier North American off-road racing series in 2021. Herrera will race onboard an SEF 450 Factory in the championship which begins next week, February 21 at the Big Buck GNCC.
Herrera will be joined by 2017 250cc National Champion of Chile and fellow ISDE Gold medalist Sebastián Taverne plus 18-year-old Lucas Valdebenito, a two-time ISDE silver medalist and the 2018 Sand Enduro National Champion of Chile.
Sebastián will be racing in the XC2 class on an SE 250 Factory and Lucas will race in XC3 on board an SE 125 Factory. They will be joining 15-year-old Jack Joy to further bolster the “NextGen” programme under Rod Marshall’s MSC Racing Sherco.
“We are very happy to provide support for Benji, Seb and Lucas.” said Ron Sallman, president of FactoryONE Motorsports. “Benji is an incredible ambassador for the sport and has accomplished a great deal in his career to date. I am looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish this year. He will make a great addition to MCS Racing Sherco.”
As mentioned, the riders will primarily focus on GNCC, but will mix in various National Enduros, extreme off-road and possibly the full EnduroCross season.