The 8th championship race of the current Moto Cross season takes place on the 16th of August on the "Coastal Cement Works race track", north of Swakopmund, at the salt fields. The road to the track is sign-posted. The Coastal Racing Club, under the leadership of Chris Hall, will present the participants from all over Namibia with an exceptionally well prepared MX-track.
The championship in the Open/125cc Class is more or less decided, since Rainer Becker did not participate in the ASTRA- and the Gobabis-race. Tommy Gous on his Zenner Yamaha will therefore just march through and obtain the desired title. Of course there are a couple of challengers, namely Ronnie Adams, the present champion, who rode perfectly in Gobabis; some 125cc riders who love riding on Swakopmund’s soil and achieve good points despite mechanical inferiorities. Animals Wise is such a guy. He almost caused a sensation during the previous race in Swakopmund when he pursued Tommy Gous! After Frank Klosta’s 2-month recovery, this rider is back again and he will surely be in good shape for the race so that we can expect him in the leading pack. Another convalescent is Rudi Brand from Swakopmund, who had to sit out the previous two races due to injuries. He will make the best out of his home advantage. A lot is expected from Suzuki-rider Jaco Loots, after he was able to beat his old Honda-opponents Henry O’Kennedy, Ruhan Gous and Eckhard Hall during the King of the Dirt in Gobabis. Will he be able to repeat this achievement?
Michael Behnke from Walvis Bay moved up to the 125cc Class and we are eager to see whether he will be able to repeat his previous achievements. Other top-class riders are Tony Viljoen, Jaco Huysamen and Wolfgang Rohe.
In the 50cc Kids-Class the winner of 2008 seems already decided: Michael Barlow, the boy from Windhoek. As always he will grapple with Jay-Em Tredoux and Roberto Holtz, but the spectators don’t reckon with anymore surprises here.
In the 65cc Class it doesn’t look much different. Tristan Muller from Okahandja is just marching through, but Matthew Nederlof will do everything in his power to achieve a heat-win before the end of the season. Joshua Teixeira seems to have a subscription for 3rd place.
The championship title in the 85cc Class will undoubtedly fall into the hands of KTM-star Mark Sternagel. 2nd place is however still disputed. Tristan Muller and Eric Garbers fight hard and either one of them could get the desired podium spot. These three guys offer first-class MX. Schalk Louw and Pauli Loots won’t stand by idly however.
The races in the Clubmen’s Class are very entertaining and although they don’t get assessed for the Namibian championship, the best rider of the year is determined. Jose Teixeira is one of the candidates. Others are Gundolf Lang, Billy Heigan, Wiehan Kohne or Torsten Schidlowski.
As always, the stars in the 4-Wheelers Quads-A-and –B-Class will have a wild time. If Dirkie Baard doesn’t have technical problems, his goal to achieve a maximum win is quite tangible. He’s got talent, a quick engine and the physical fitness necessary to grab the title.
Yet he has to count on his pursuers Michael Behnke, Jean Venter, and Wolfgang Röhl who’s very quick in Swakopmund. Jaime Reneckle and Fanie Steenkamp have to be reckoned with as well. In the Quads-B-Class there will be a battle of three between Gideon van Sittert, Eugene Slippers and Ecki Spoerer.
Mandy Huysamen and Cee-Anne Greyling will probably be the highflyers in the Quads-Ladies-Class. The women fight really tough. 3rd place will be battled out between Celene Adams and the Bochert-sisters Maike and Bollie. Anneke Steenkamp could not repeat her surprising win on ASTRA, but who knows what will happen in Swakopmund.
In the Quads-Clubmen’s Class champ Nokkie Maree has to reckon with strong opposition from Stefan Smidt and Leigh-Jean Skopellitus, both newbies to the sport. Johan de Beer and André Basson are keen on a podium spot too.
Among the little ones in the Mini-Quads-Class we can expect a battle between Joane Steenkamp, Jacques Marais and Sune Garbers.
So don’t forget the Coastal Moto Cross in Swakopmund on the 16th of Swakopmund. Food and beverages will be offered by the Coastal Racing Club.
|Author: Holger Kroemer