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National MX News : Namibian MX Championships
15.12.2009 Motocross 2009 in Retrospect
The year 2009 was marked by a decline in spectator numbers. The dissatisfactory sponsorship situation must be adressed as well. Another critical point is the recruitment of young talents, since due to a lack of riders the 65cc Class stopped existing this year. Here however, help is already on the way in the form a new track being built at the club house in Olympia, which is suitable for children.
Richard Reid (Scot) vs Björn Bierbrauer (191)
Richard Reid (Scot) vs Björn Bierbrauer (191)
Next to these negativ points, there were absolute highlights in terms of sport this year. In restrospect one must say that the WMCC deserves the highest acknowledgement for what they have achieved in 2009. Apart from the 9 races of the "Namibian Moto Cross Championship" the "Full Throttle AMU-Africa Championships" were held at the Gallina Moto Cross Park in June. Africa's best riders met in Namibia to find out who's the cream of the crop. This event was dominated by the South African riders who dominated the nations-rating and won with 561 points, ahead of the Zambian Team (312), Zimbabwe (301), Namibia (265), Uganda (30) and Kenia (28). Best Namibian and overall 3rd on the rostrum in the MX2 Class was Björn Bierbrauer. Outstanding!
Christian Lechner from Germany
Christian Lechner from Germany
Then the preparations for the annual Moto Cross Inter-Series started, which took place for the 13th time this year. The prize money, worth N 000 in the MX1/MX2 Moto Cross Class and the Quad-A-and-B-Class, attracted the best riders of southern Africa, but also a handful of talented European riders. The races took place on the 7th of November in Swakopmund and a week later at Gallina Motocross Park. The overall champion was Ross Branch from Botswana, who not only won the Kingsley-Trophy in Swakopmund but also the Jägermeister-Trophy in Windhoek with a maximum number of points. He is now the official "Namibia International Champion". South African Michael Kok ranked 2nd, ahead of his fellow countryman Richard van der Westhuizen.
Peter Mitchell (Scotland)
Peter Mitchell (Scotland)
In the overall class-assessment MX2, Namibia's poster-boy Björn Bierbrauer won, ahead of Peter Mitchell from Scotland and Frank Klosta from Namibia. Countryman Ruhan Gous' performance was really good; he gained an excellent 4th place, ahead of Kerim Fitzgerald (South Africa) and the German Christian Lechner.
Andre David, England
Andre David, England
In the overall class-assessment MX1, Ross Branch won ahead of South African Kok and van der Westhuizen. Briton Andre David ranked 4th, ahead of Tommy Gous (Namibia) and South African Geoff Den. "Rookie of the year" Jaco Loots landed on 7th position. All in all the Namibians knew how to draw attention to themselves. This also goes for the protagonists in the Quad-A-and-B-Class. Highfligher and reigning South African Champion Dirkie Baard from Walvisbay won the Namibian Quad Inter-Series with a maximum number of points and can call himself "Namibia International Quad-Champion" for the next 12 months. Clearly superior, Dirkie Baard won ahead of Michael Behnke (Namibia) and South African Jaques Struwig. In the overall assessment of the Quad-B-Class Ecki Spoerer won once again, ahead of his fellow countrymen Louw Greyven stein, Pierce van Wyk and South African Brandon Darlow.
Namibia's hero in the Quad-A-Class, Dirkie Baard
Namibia's hero in the Quad-A-Class, Dirkie Baard
In the assessment Quad-A-Class Dirkie Baard won ahead of Michael Behnke and his brother Phillipie Baard. The Namibians Wolfgang Röhl in 4th and Stephan Smidt in 5th also showed a strong appearance.
Wolfgang Röhl (NAM) vs Jaques Struwig (SA)
Wolfgang Röhl (NAM) vs Jaques Struwig (SA)
These international events as well as the national races were supported greatly by the local and international print media and electronic media. They deserve a special praise! The remaining sponsors are also gratefully acknowledged: Jägermeister, Tafel Lager, Radiowave 96,7 fm, Pupkewitz-Honda, I Dream Africa, Erindi Ranch, Red Square, Kingsley, and last but not least Bike & Quad Clinic. These are joined by Class- and Team sponsors for whom the WMCC is very grateful. Since the WMCC will vote a new chairmanship in 2010, a heartfelt thank you goes to the present chairman Tobie Barlow as well as to the two committee members Melody and Paul Loots who were present at all board-meetings and always lent a helping hand .
For their dedicated work at the AMU-Full Throttle Africa Championships, Michael Nederlof and Muis Nederlof deserve a special thanks.
Furthermore we owe our thanks to Mrs. Rene Baard for her dedication to the Quad sport and Ronnie Adams, who always makes sure that the track is in mint condition.
In 2010 the racing programme will be changed, meaning that the races of the junior classes will take place before noon and from 2 p.m. onwards the protagonists of the MX1/MX2 Class and the Quad-A-and-B-Class will dominate the action. With this solution the spectors will get entertained only by the best riders of the sport. Boring racing with 4 riders on the track are happenings of the past.
Author: Bernd Kroemer ... [back]
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