Jägermeister Invitational MX-Classic - Round 2
Motocross will take the peaceful seaside town of Swakopmund by storm this weekend when the second leg of the Jägermeister Invitational MX-Classic takes place on the track just north of the town, opposite the salt pans.
Jägermeister in cooperation with the Windhoek Motocross Club and the hard working dirt bike enthusiasts from the coast will once again bring international stars and local talent to your doorstep for the biggest dirt bike bonanza on the planet. If this past weekend’s action in Windhoek is anything to go on, then you’d surely hate to miss the action.
Not since Ginger Gramowski decided to go surfing on the back of a bronze whaler, will there be so much adrenalin packed entertainment in Swakopmund. Fire breathing bike and quads riders from Germany, Botswana, Angola, South Africa and of course Namibia will compete for the coveted Jägermeister trophy.
The cooler weather in Swakopmund will probably far better suit Gunnar Schuster from Germany, while the young Dartagnan Lobjoit from Botswana who surprised all and sundry with a 4th placed finish in the King of the Dirt on Saturday, may also find the conditions more to his liking.
Local speedsters Bjorn Bierbrauer, Tommy Gous, Animal Wise and Jaco Loots will all have national pride at stake when they try and prevent the trophy from falling into foreign hands.
Unfortunately there is not much foreign competition in the other classes, but the local rivalry is nevertheless very tense. Riders like Schalk Louw, Olaf Pack, Joker Viljoen and young Pauli Loots who surprised everybody with a win in the final heat on Saturday, along with Morne Jacobs, Joshua Texeira, Frank Steyn and Ben Visser will provide for a spectacular Clubmans class. Tristan Muller from Outjo and the other MXLites riders will have a hard time keeping local boy Mathew Nederlof off the podium.
Goggo van Wyk
The quad classes are a huge crowd pleaser and with riders like Ecki Spoerer, Jaco Snyman and Goggo van Wyk they will not let anybody down. When Dirkie and brother Phillpie Baard are available, along with the 3 aforementioned riders, to complete a Namibian Quad team I challenge any country in the world to come and race us. This will be a very formidable team.
The ladies with Anneke Steenkamp, Mandy Huyshamen, Maike Borchet and Celine Adams as well as the junior quads Jaque Snyman, Shannon Rowland and Lee-Ann Smith would also give their counterparts from anywhere in the world, something to think about.
Hopefully the Weekend Warrior class will go from strength to strength as these beginner riders are the future of dirt biking in Namibia. Believe me with tough youngsters like Nikolai Palmhert, Joshua Kasera, Enrico Malan and Marcel Henle in the mix, things are looking good for Namibia.
I’m not sure that when Ginger went surfing on the back of a killer shark that he had dirt biking in mind, but he certainly showed the world the courage that all Namibians are blessed with. This weekend the dirt bikers will continue that heritage.
The races start at 10:45am Saturday 13th November 2010.