Since the Goldbeck family organised such a great 2nd championships race, the Windhoek Moto Cross Club decided to honour this effort and achievement and relocated the 5th championships race from Gallina to the Astra race track. On this excellent track we will bear witness to the showdown of the year in the Open/125cc Class, the all-deciding encounter between the protagonists Rainer Becker and Tommy Gous. Tommy has to win, otherwise he can forget about the championship title. Then there's only the “King of the Dirt” title left for him.
Tommy will come to ASTRA with a great amount of rage, resulting from the knowledge of being able to beat ex-champion Rainer Becker, but being kept from doing so, due to technical problems. During the previous race in Swakopmund it was a clutch-problem of his Zenner-Yamaha which kept him from a certain victory. Everything will be done to eradicate further technical malfunctions.
Rainer Becker on the other hand experiences no problems on his Pupkewitz-Honda, but is somewhat handicapped by his age (40); he has to exercise twice as hard as the 21 years old Tommy. We can certainly look forward to a clash of the titans.
After his successful debut on his Kawasaki in Swakopmund, one has to count on the reigning Champion Ronnie Adams as well. Ronnie feels right comfortable on his new bike, but he too has physical problems, though he's working hard on them. Rudi Brand made an impression in Swakopmund as well and is definitely one of the Top-5 contenders. Tony Viljoen is also one of them: his style is not very spectacular but he regularly collects his points. Jaco Huysamen also belongs in this category. Wolfgang Rohe on the other hand tries his luck with raw force, but it doesn't get him anywhere. He has to remember his old virtues: being calm and riding cleverly. If Sascha Becker has fully recovered, one can expect a Top-5 placement for him as well.
The afore-mentioned aces of the Open-Class, will be joined by the riders of the 125cc Class. They ride together but are assessed seperately. Similar to the duel between Becker and Gous, there will be a battle between Frank Klosta and Animal Wise. Wise has demontrated 1st class MX in Swakopmund and we can only hope for a repetition on Astra. But there are more top-guys to reckon with, riders like Henry o'Kennedy, Ruhan Gous or Eckhard Hall. Not to forget Suzuki-rider Jaco Loots who impressed fans and competitors with a gutsy race at the last ASTRA meeting. Highlight, as usual, is the gruel race over 20 minutes plus one lap, called the ASTRA King of the Dirt. Adrenalin-rushes guaranteed!
The littles ones in the 50cc Class are not taking the back-seat. Still in the lead with a solid points-cushion is Michael Barlow, who unfortunalety will miss opponent William Smith who retired of racing, thus opening a gap for Jay-Em Tredoux and Yoshua Becker.
Who will beat Tristan Muller in the 65cc Class? Well, sinc the Swakop race there is indeed a contender, fast Matthew Nederlof on his brandnew KTM. One can predict nailbiting handlebar-banging between the two! Joshua Teixeira and Lee-Anne Smith will fight for the remaining 3rd spot on the rostrum.
Mark Sternagel rules the 85cc Class at will, while Eric Garbers and Tristan Muller (racing in two different classes) will battle it out for second place. However one must not underestimate Pauli Loots who once in a while is able to surprise friends and foes alike.
The organisers WMCC (Windhoek Moto Cross Club) were all smiles when 15 riders of the Clubmen's Class entered the last race in Swakopmund. Hopefully this growth gets even bigger at ASTRA. Despite the fact that Michael Behnke injured two vertebraes at the Crash in Swakop, and despite the fact that his doctor told him the season 2008 is over for Michael, there are claims of riders that saw Michael practising already. If this tough youngster is racing indeed, he will be a strong favourite in this Class. His opponents Angolan Jose Teixeira, Francois Schoeman, Gundolf Lang or Frank Steyn will fight for the remainder spots on the podium. Clubmen's racing is always exciting due to the fact that all riders are more or less of same quality.
Let's move to the 4-wheelers, who are also extremly popular with the fans. The main attraction are the protagonists of the combined Quads A-and B-Class. Dierkie Baard from Walvis-Bay did a cleansweep in Swakopmund, that is exactly he intends to do at ASTRA as well. Obviously he will meet some stiff resistance from Michael Behnke (riding two categories), Jean Venter and Wolfgang Rohl who's riding improves every time. Gideon van Sittert is the man to beat in the B-Class, he will face tough competion from Ecki Spoerer, Eugene Slippers or Gogo van Wyk, to mention but a few.
Amongst the Ladies-Quads, who also race for national Champion status, teenage-girl Cee-Anne Greyling is the meassure of all things, but Mandy Huysamen, Maike Bochert or Celene Adams are also on song and good for a surprise or two.
The Quads-Clubmen's are struggeling to get the required 5 starters to the gate, which is a pity. Once this class had the biggest line-up. Jaime Reneckle became the undisputed star in this class, biggest opponents are Nokkie Maree, Andre Basson and Louw Greyvenstein.
In the Mini-Quads-Class we can witness the eternal battle for supremacy between the only boy Jaques Maree and girly-power by Joane Steenkamp, Sune Garbers or Paige Muller. To round it off there are entertaining clashes in the Powder-Puff competition, for beginners only, as well as the Baby-Quads class.
The Goldbeck family caters with excellent farm-food and drinks in the beertent. After prize-giving the notorious Jägermeister-Party starts with DJ Coco at the turn-tables.
Make the 31st of may a family outing to ASTRA, situated 110 kilometers east of Windhoek, on the road towards Gobabis. Race-track is behind the Kalahari-Farmstall.