Born on 23 October 2000 in Le Mans, France
It is never easy being the son of a legend, but Zachary Pichon – Sherco took the first tentative steps towards confirming his own legacy when he raced to the FIM Junior Enduro World Championship this season.
The son of double AMA 125cc East Coast Supercross champion and two-time 250cc FIM Motocross World Champion Mickael, Pichon changed codes at the end of 2021 following a fledgling international motocross career.
France boasts a rich tradition of Motocross riders who have made the successful switch to the sport of Enduro, and Zach was immediately at home in his new discipline after trading the track for trees.
Aged just twenty-one, the Frenchman showed incredible maturity as he went unbeaten throughout the opening seven days of points-paying competition with double wins in Lalin in Spain, Peso da Regua in Portugal and Carpineti in Italy before he suffered his first defeat of the campaign on day two when he came home second as the championship returned to Portugal.
Without a victory at round five in Slovakia at the end of July when he ran three-two in Gelnica, Pichon was back to his best when the series stopped off at Zalaegerszeg in Hungary with another dynamite double securing the title with a round still to go.
The final round of the championship was staged in Zschopau in Germany where Pichon refused to play it safe, instead choosing to sign off like a true champion to claim another double win – his fifth from seven rounds.
Pichon’s eventual margin of victory was a commanding fifty-three points that only serves to underline just how dominant he was this season and promises much greater things to come.
FIM Junior Enduro World Champion: 2022