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11.08.2006 Wesbank Namibian Motocross Challenge
The next round of the Wesbank Namibian Motocross Challenge will take place at the Gallina Motocross Park on the 12th of August 2006.
Ronnie Adams and Brannigan "Animal" Wise
Ronnie Adams and Brannigan "Animal" Wise
Ronnie Adams on his Jägermeister/Mad Buzz/Suzuki Namibia sponsored 450f has been the dominating rider in the Open Class this season, but with the return of Tommy Gous from Germany and the re-immergence of the ‘Desert Fox’ – Rudi Brandt – from Swakopmund both on Yamaha 450f’s the playing field will be thrown wide open. Also in this class are Ronnie’s ‘Team Mate’ Shawn Brewer and the old warhorse from Angola José Texeira both on Suzuki 450f’s. 40-year-old José has shown great sportsmanship by taking up the challenge amongst the youngsters when he was promoted into the open class. ‘Yankee Boy’ Keith Weaver is back from the States for a while and it’s good to see him getting down and dirty on his 250 Suzuki.
Brannigan "Animal" Wise
Brannigan "Animal" Wise
The ever consistent Frank Klosta on his 250f Yamaha must be the favourite in the 125 Class followed by Animal Wise and Alex Howard. Frank has ridden with a mature head on his shoulders and is always there or there about to maximize on the points. Animal will do well if he can put some of his bad luck behind him; he has what it takes to go far in motocross. Alex just needs a few breaks and he can capitalize on all the hard work that he has put into his fitness this year.
Alex Howard
Alex Howard
Jaco Loots on his 85cc Suzuki was easily a champion in the making for 2006 but he has had more than his fair share of bad luck. Geoff Erasmus on his 85 Yammie showed at the last event that he would push Jaco all the way. Unfortunately Eckhard Hall – one of four 85cc riders from Swakopmund and also a contender for the 85cc title – has also had a lot of injuries this year and I am not even sure if he has recovered from a broken wrist he suffered just after he had recovered from a broken bone in his foot. Nikolai Rossi, Schalk Louw and Gundolf Lang are the rest of the Swakop contingent that makes up the remainder of the 85cc class. Throw all this young talent together and you’re looking at fantastic racing.
Jaco Loots
Jaco Loots
Mark Sternagel is running away with the 65cc class followed by Eric Garbers and Pauli Loots. Although Eric and Pauli are improving with every race, they have a way to go before they’ll be up there with Mark. Young Ellis is very new to the sport and his dad would do well to give him more opportunity to practice under some guidance. On a better bike Joshua Texeira could also be very competitive in this class.
The three 50cc riders will provide excellent racing on the new minicross track where “Holeshot’ Harris Cloete will be looking to follow up on his excellent performance in the previous event, but he will find it tough against the dominance of Matthew Nederlof. I am not sure how much practice time Michael Barlow has managed to get in since the last event but I sure he is raring to go, and prove that the bad luck he had previously is something of the past.
If you add Henner Rusch, Heiko Hennes, Henry O’Kennedy and the rest of the clubmans riders along with Fanie Steenkamp, Wilbur Ockhuizen, Ronnie Adams, Phillip Weakley and all the other Quadcross riders into the mix and you’ve got an afternoon that any motorsport enthusiast will appreciate.
Entry is N$ 10.00 per adult and N$ 5.00 for children under 14. So bring the family and enjoy the Jägermeister party after the prize giving.
Author: Bobby Wise ... [back]
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