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National MX News : Namibian MX Championships
03.09.2007 8th WESBANK Motocross Challenge in Gobabis (NAM) - Results

Dust, Sweat & Tears at Gobabis Big-5 Moto-X

At 35 degree celcius and under a heavy dustcloud the 8th Motocross Championship meeting of the season was held at Gobabbis. Dust was the main reason for some hefty crashes that occurred in most categories during the day. Some youngsters were up in tears on the way to the medical-aid tent. Dust was the reason for the official of the NMSF (Namibia Motor Sport Federation) to stop the final race of the day, the Bif-5 King of the Dirt after only two laps. This situation could not be tolerated anymore! What a pity!
Frank Klosta
Frank Klosta
Otherwise the raceday in cattle-country showed some excellent races. It was great to see Frank Klosta back in the saddle after he broke his collarbone 4 weeks ago in Swakopmund and it was great to see Tommy Gous back racing, after he finished his period of training in Germany.
 Ross Branch
Ross Branch
In the Open/125cc Class Ross Branch from Botswana, as usual, came, saw and conquered. He won this category on maximum points and in between found some time to show the spectators some aerobatics some 10 metres above ground! Behind Branch it was Gous who managed some fine starts, while Frank Klosta had to steamroll through the field first. Once behind Gous, Frank put up some unbearable pressure and in both heats Frank could pass Gous, thus becoming best Namibian rider in Gobabis. After the great success of Arno Engels four weeks agon in Swakopmund, all eyes were fixed on the youngster to see if he can repeat that feat … unfortunately not! Arno was handycapt most of the time by this dust and didn't want to take any chances, but rather settled for some valuable points.
Henry O'Kennedy surprised once more friends and foes alike by coming home in 5th overall, even beating coastal-ace Rudi Brand! For the "Black Motocross Pearl" Carr Lebatha from Botswana is was his third attempt to shine in Namibia, the previous trys endet prematurely in hospital. This time around Carr was able to show his mettle, 8th spot in this high quality field of riders is noticable.
Carr Lebatha
Carr Lebatha
After the early stop of the Big-5 King of the Dirt race only the two heats counted towards the Championship.

Final results Open/125 Class:

  1. Ross Branch, Botswana, Wreckers Campbell Kawasaki, 40 points
  2. Frank Klosta, Windhoek, Refrigeration Services-Yamaha, 34
  3. Tommi Gous, Windhoek, Zenner Novel-Yamaha, 30
  4. Arno Engels, Windhoek, Investment Cars-Honda, 26
  5. Henry o'Kennedy, Windhoek, Tomar Construction-Honda, 19
  6. Rudi Brand, Swakopmund, Coastal Racing-Honda, 18
  7. Eckhard Hall, Swakopmund, Coastal Racing Honda, 16
  8. Carr Lebatha, Botswana, Wreckers Campbell Kawasaki, 15
  9. Tony Viljoen, Windhoek, Joker's Pizzeria-Honda, 13
Jacques Du Plessis vs. Frank Klosta
Jacques Du Plessis vs. Frank Klosta
The very little ones race in the 50cc Class where Matthew Nederlof won with a maximum number of points ahead of William Smith who again was able to beat Michael Barlow.
Eric Garbers' points cushion in the 65cc Class is save enough to win the championship, but Eric found a true challenger in Tristan Muller from Okahandja, who fair and square beat him in all three heats. Pauli Loots could win third spot on the rostrum ahead of the only girly in this category Lee-Anne Smith.
While Jessica Ratheiser from Okahandja is collecting valuable Championship points in the Ladies-Championship in Germany, her little brother Marc is establishing himself as the man to beat in the Clubmen's Class. Again he won this category on maximum ahead of Heiko Hennes (welcome back to mx-racing, Heiko!) and Billy Heigan.
The 4-Wheelers do not count towards the National-Championship, nevertheless they are very popular with the fans because of intense action. Such action showed young Ecki Spoerer in the Quads-B-Class up to 240cc. Ecki won the opening heat, followed by a 5th spot in heat two and when he was showing his talent in the third heat, in the west-bent his right front wheel hit a deep rut and his 4-Wheeler overturned. He was in tears for this mishap! That meant another victory for Eugene Slippers ahead of Alfred Kohne and Efcee Marais.
When Ronnie Adams resigned after the first heat of the Quads-A-Class, because of a terrible flue, and when the "Oubaas" Fanie Steenkamp resigned after the first heat because of a broken wrist, for Dirkie Baard it was an easy day to win the Kings-Class on maximum points ahead of his brother Phillippie and Jean Venter.
Phillippie Baard vs. Jean Venter
Phillippie Baard vs. Jean Venter
Michael Behnke from Walvis-Bay not only won the two heats in the Quads-Clubmen's Class, but again he showed his talent with a third spot in the Big-5-King of the Quads. That is a noticable achievement! Wolfgang Rohl came home in second ahead of Nokkie Maree. There are so many talents in this category that at least 4 riders have to move up to the Quads-A-Class in 2008.
The spectators become frenetic when the Ladies-Quads do their thing outthere on the track. After Celene Adams broke both of her wrists in October 2006, sho experienced some setbacks during 2007. Now she seems fully recoveed beating the siblings Suleika Bochert and Maike Bochert.
The kids want to do it, therefore the Mini-Quads Class was established. "Frauen-Power" demonstrated by Joane Steenkamp ahead of her fried Sune Garbers and best boy in third position Jacques Maree. The old-toppies also want to do it, therefore the Quads-Powerrangers-Class was established, for 35 years and older chaps. They only race over 4 laps. Alfred Kohne senior won ahead of Reino Manns and Hein Venter.
A big THANK YOU to the sponsor Big-5!
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Author: Bernd Kroemer ... [back]
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