Rwanda’s Hinkel Hendrik proved just what a great Enduro prospect he is.
At only 14 years, Hendrik exhibited thrilling skills as he rode his KTM 250 through the rocky hills in first round of the 2017 FIM Africa Central Africa cross country challenge that took place at Lake Mburo National park over the weekend.
Hendrik managed to finish three laps of the 25 kilometer distance.
“It has been great attempting my first official race ever. It was pretty much how I expected it to be according to the videos have watched.
“The only thing I didn’t know was how difficult it would be. Some sections were so difficult and I needed help first to go through them,” he explained to Kawowo Sports.
Hendrik competed against experienced riders including Kenya’s champion Ben Spinks, Uganda’s Nick Dames, Craig Lentz among others.
“Have always done Enduro for fun with my friends Olivier and Randy. They are much better than I am and they have really helped me gain some experience.”
“They used to make me suffer on very tough challenges, but in the end I was improving my skills. I also practice almost every week by myself,” he said.
Event champion Kenya’s Spinks was equally thrilled in what he saw of Hendrik.
“I was very impressed with the young boy. I rode behind him during the practice, but I was impressed with his style and skills. I can only see a brighter future for him,” he said.
Besides Enduro, Hendrik has also attempted the Motocross race both in Rwanda and Uganda.
“I done a few Motocross races, although am not so into motocross. I only use it to improve my grip and pace.”