Breathtaking action dominated the 2017 FIM Africa central Africa Motocross Championship(CAC) that took course over the weekend at the Motorsports Arena Busiika.
It was the renewal of the Motocross battles between Uganda and Kenya as they targeted maximum points for the CAC title.
However, Team Uganda took the lead with a dominant performance.
Unlike before, team Kenya was at least represented in all major classes including MX1 which never had representative for the last three years.
Team captains Maxime Van Pee and Ngugi Waweru put MX1 class to life with a fiery race in all heats.
After losing the first two heats, Kenya’s Waweru was determined to edge Van Pee in the final heat that called for the hair-raising action. But it was yet again Van Pee who came on top.
“The last heat was really crazy for us. I thought I couldn’t catch up on Ngugi but thanks to the crowd that kept me pushing. And I am glad Kenya sent someone in MX1, Ngugi has been a great rider to compete with this weekend,” said Van Pee.
Van Pee was further pleased with Team Uganda’s performance.
“As team captain, I believe we put up a good performance. It’s only in MX2 and 125 that we could have done better.
“But overall it was a great race, the Kenyans have enjoyed and we hope to do much better in the second round in Kenya,” he added.
The Orland brothers Alon and Stav Orland had a sublime performance sweeping all heats in MX65 and 85 respectively. Isabella Blick came top in the junior class MX50.
Arthur Blick Jr won the veteran class which was combined with MX1. Barrack Orland was in second followed by Ash Young.
Team Kenya’s Ethan Nyanchae and Elias Sherman proved unbeatable in the MX125 and MX2. The duo convincingly won all the three heats to get Kenya the only two class win of the event.
“It has been a good race for us and very exciting. Am happy for the win despite a few challenges. We now look forward to the second round in Kenya,” said Sherman.
Uganda took the lead overall with 1587points while Kenya bagged 532points.
The next CAC round is scheduled for 8-10th December in Nairobi, Kenya.
Top three from each class
- Isabella Blick 57points
- Gift Sebuguzi 52
- Malcom Omonding 45
- Alon Orland 60points
- Malcom Lubega 51
- Milton Akaki 43
- Stav Orland 60points
- Fortune Sentamu 51
- Wazir Omar 39
- Ethan Nyanchae 60points
- Kigen Kiplagat 57
- Alestair Blick 44
- Elias Sherman 60points
- Fatuh Kiggundu 47
- Yasin Kasirye 41
- Maxime Van Pee 60points
- Ngugi Waweru 49
- Olivier Van Pee 41
- Arthur Blick Jnr 60points
- Barak Orland 51
- Ash Young 41