The MX-aces gladly drive to Gobabis, simply because this event is always something special, something unique. The first race this season in the capital of "Cattle Country" had perfect sport to offer. The Open Class, wholly attracted the spectators' attention – here MX was presented on the highest level! There are a couple of names that simply have to get mentioned before I begin with the chronological upsumming: There was Animal Wise, who chased the competitors with his wholehearted riding-style, there was Ronnie Adams who, always looking for the chance, found it in the first and final heat, and there was the oldest rider at the gate, who in the 2nd heat showed the boys how it's done. We are talking about Ingo Waldschmidt! The biggest surprise, (however with advance announcement during the last race in Windhoek), was Rudi Brand from Swakopmund. Later more of that. Apart from the Open Class, the 4-Wheelers in the supporting programme offered best entertainment.
Ronnie Adams (Kapps-Farm, Mad Buzz/ Suzuki Namibia)
Ronnie Adams wins 1st heat in the Open-Class
Ronnie Adams, the unbeaten holeshot winner of the season also lived up to expectations in Gobabis. After a few rounds in the lead, he had to let Tommi Gous and in his tow Animal Wise, pass. While a titanic duel evolved up front, Adams (apparently pretty satisfied with his 3rd place) followed behind. Animal attacked on all possible and impossible places on the track. Nearing the finish of the heat, it happened at the badly visible eastern part of the track: Tommi makes a mistake and Wise can pass. Wise deservedly took over the lead. But it was about to get more exciting still! Last lap, again the trio disappears in the east...and out of the bushveld come... Adams aheadd of Gous and Wise. There must have been some frayed nerves and Adams came out as the chuckling third! Waldschmidt was able to keep up quite well until the old problem arose; the brake system failed and Ingo pulls out the race.
Tommi Gous wins 2nd heat of the Open-Class
Ingo is back again, he is riding Heiko Hennes' (Clubmen Class) bike. The riders are at the startgate, Ingo almost jammed in, does he notice that? The starting gate falls, Rudi Brand from Swakopmund wins the holeshot and Ingo was actually so cut off, that he was the very last rider to shoot into the first bent. The race lives from Brand's commitment at the top and from the commitment which Ingo shows on his way to the front. Rider after rider is left behind. Ingo overtakes on the straights, in the curves, and in the air he just outjumps his rivals. The ex-champion has not shown such a fierce performance in a long time. Great!
Up front, the pressure builds up after the fifth lap, Brand has to let the protagonists Gous and Wise pass, but persistently holds on to 3rd place. By the end of the race, Ingo catches up with Brand and he overtakes the young "coastal" in mid air at a height of 5 metres! Wow, what a race!
Ronnie Adams wins 3rd heat in the "Big-5 Hotel King of the Dirt"
Ronnie Adams is the man of the day. Holeshot-Adams takes part in a battle between Wise, Gous, Waldschmidt and Brand. While Wise and Bruwer don't finish this super-heat, there is some tough fighting for every point up front. Waldschmidt obviously likes the borrowed bike from Hennes and is again able to beat Brand, while Ronnie Adams is able to keep Gous at a distance. Wolfgang Rohe has not found back to his old form but nevertheless showed with a 5th place in the King of the Dirt, that one can reckon with him again!
Rudi Brand (Swakopmund, Swakop Body Works-Yamaha) vs.
Ronnie Adams (Kapps-Farm, Mad Buzz/ Suzuki Namibia)
Results Big-5 Hotel King of the Dirt
- Ronnie Adams, Kapps-Farm, Mad Buzz/ Suzuki Namibia, 20 points
- Tommie Gous, Windhoek, Novel-Yamaha, 17
- Ingo Waldschmidt, Döbra, Novel-Yamaha, 15
- Rudi Brand, Swakopmund , Swakop Body Works-Yamaha, 13
- Frank Klosta, Windhoek, Seasonaire-Yamaha, 11
Let's move on to the supporting programme. In the Kindergarden-class 50cc Seniors we saw the old "classic" Mathew Nederlof agains the rest of the world. In the 2. Heat however, Nederlof had to give all he has to pass Michael Barlow. Then the usual end result: Nederlof in front of Cloete and Barlow.
In the heats of the 65cc class Mark Sternagel once again won with a maximum number of points ahead of Eric Garbers and Pauli Loots. Pauli was handicapped through a crash and needed motherly affection to get through the 3rd heat as well.
Powerslide of Mark Sternagel
His brother Jaco Loots had it better. Jaco won with a maximum number of points in the 85cc class in front of his rival from Swakopmund Eckhart Hall. Eckhart had a clean style in this sand – only the sand hares from the coast can ride like this. However, he was not able to pass Jaco. 3rd place went to Geoff Erasmus, who held Niki Rossi and Schalk Louw at bay.
Once again the Clubmen's Class was badly manned! One should really try and find out where the "missing" riders were this Saturday? Heiko Hennes achieved an outstanding maximum. In the 2. heat, Mark Ratheiser did extremly well with a 2nd place. But then followed two 2nd places for Henry O'Kennedy and Mark landed in the overall standings on 3rd place ahead of the young talent Tony Viljoen. As always, the Clubmen provided lots of excitement.
The track in Gobabis is just about perfect for 4-Wheelers. No mighty jumps like on the track in Windhoek, but more natural obstacles where the Quad-riders can let their 4-wheelers fly! Pearce van Wyk once again won the Quad-B-Class up to 240cc in front of his colleague Marko Roebke, while in the Quad-A-Class above 241cc Fanie Steenkamp won on maximum. The winner of the Open-Class, Ronnie Adams, took part in the Quads race for the first time and finished in 2nd place in front of Christof Ockhuizen. This heat was overshadowed by a bad crash of Phillip Weakley who had to be brought to hospital by E-MED.
The Quad Clubmen's Class (there will probably be a name change for this class in future because by now two ladies are taking part here, namely Celene Adams and Lani Cloete) was won by Simon Raines, beating his rival Riaan Rourie and his brother Dennis Raines. In the 2nd heat Ian Johnston made a strong appearance with 2nd place.
Again it was a great racing day in Gobabis. There was a nice amount of spectators and we are already looking forward to the 2. race in the "MX-capital of the east" on the 16th of September 2006! Then this event surely deserves a sponsor. This should be possible in such a big and upcomming community!