Credit: John Batanudde

The motorsport governing body, FMU, has moved a step forward to full resumption of competitions after holding a successful scientific motocross event at the Victoria RaceTrack in Garuga on Sunday. 

Over thirty riders, including several new entrants participated in the Easter round.  

Kylan Wekesa Credit: John Batanudde

Thrilling action took center stage with Kylan Wekesa, Miguel Katende, Mariam Makumbi and Filbert Muwonge putting up a show in their respective classes. 

It was Wekesa who comfortably topped the MX125 class while Ron Young and Miguel Katende topped the MX85 and MX65 respectively. 

zion Wekesa Migual Katende and mubarak Senoga Mayanja Credit: John Batanudde

Abigail Mwangala, Abigail Katende, Shadia Kateete, Paddy and Alestair Blick were also among the winners of the first round. 

A notable battle was between new kids on the block Mairah Makumbi and Filbert Muwonge who were neck-and-neck in the MX50 class.

Mairah Makumbi Credit: John Batanudde

Muwonge, a son to two-time national rally champion Susan Muwonge, topped two heats with Makumbi claiming a win in another. 

Filbert Muwonge Credit: John Batanudde

“The competition was good and it could have been better but you know covid times have made it hard for some riders. I believe MX2 will be much better,” said the FMU president, Dipu Ruparelia.

“We are glad the event has gone on successfully following all procedures required by the government. I am hoping that the report taken back to the ministry will probably help us open motorsport,” he added.

Jerome Mubiru Credit: John Batanudde

The weekend’s event exhibited FMU’s readiness to continue motocross competition without riders from the breakaway group.

In early 2020, a group of motocross riders broke away from FMU alleging unfairness in the federation governance.

The group has persistently organised unsanctioned motocross events.

“It is just unfortunate with this division. I believe the sport is bigger than us all. And we should give the sport a chance to prosper;” said Kisitu Mayanja, the Deputy Vice President in Charge of Motorcycling.

Even after a series of talks with the National Council of Sports to end the impasse, the breakaway group failed to reach a reconciliatory ground.

“The federation did not chase anyone, and it is open to welcome whoever wants to join motocross.” 

The National Council of Sports is yet to make a pronouncement on the illegality of the breakaway group.

Regardless, FMU is making headway in its competitions. The second motocross round is scheduled for 16 May in Garuga. 

Uganda will also host the Africa Nations Motocross event in August.

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