Tommi Gous wins Snyman Trophy
For twelve long months Tommi Gous went without a win due to Björn Bierbrauer's superior riding. However, this past Saturday the tide changed. After two 2nd places during the preliminary heats, Tommi Gous on his new 450cc Yamaha experienced a gread final race. In the "Snyman Transport King of the Dirt", lasting 20 long minutes, Tommi achieved the impossible, winning in style. Björn on a 450cc Honda from his team captain Jose Teixeira stayed in fighting distance but then from the seventh lap onwards, Tommi got through the pack of slower MX-riders (backmarkers) much faster than Björn. The latter had no more chance and Tommi won deservedly. Surely the up-coming WMCC championship race in April will be brimming with excitement.
Alexander Howard vs Frank Klosta (88)
Under a glaring sun the first WMCC championship race was staged. As expected, only a couple of hundred spectators came to the track due probably to the coming holiday. But these few, should have had no regrets coming. The new concept of carrying out the protagonist's races in the afternoon, ment that all classes had full fields of riders at the gate and showed some highly exciting races. The only exception was the MX-Lites Class with only five participants. Five riders on the track looks like a procession race and that is nothing spectators want to see!
But let us start at the beginning: In the first heat of the mixed MX1 and MX2 Class Tommi Gous grabbed the holeshot but already in the second lap Björn Bierbrauer passed Tommi. While Tommi had to deal with a papwheel and bravely stayed in 2nd position, behind him Frank Klosta on a fast 450cc KTM, Ronnie Adams on the 250cc Kawasaki, Jaco Loots on the 250cc two-stroke Suzuki and Alexander Howard all battled for positions. This group was a tough one. In the seventh lap Jaco Loots passed his uncle Ronnie Adams and in lap ten Animal Wise was passed as well. Jaco rode like the devil and in his lee Alexander Howard followed him to the finish.
Animal Wise (18) vs Ronny Adams
1st Heat: 1. Björn Bierbrauer; 2. Tommi Gous; 3. Frank Klosta; 4. Jaco Loots; 5. Alexander Howard.
In the second heat Tommi won the holeshot again, closely followed by Björn Bierbrauer, Frank Klosta, Animal Wise and Ronnie Adams. Björn gave all he got but found no way to pass Gous. The chase went on for eleven laps and all it took was a little riding mistake by Gous to let Bierbrauer assume the lead. Björn's world seemed to be in order again.
2nd Heat: 1. Björn Bierbrauer; 2.Tommi Gous; 3. Frank Klosta; 4.Animal Wise; 5.Alexander Howard
Sneyman Transport King of the Dirt Tommi Gous
In the final heat "Snyman Transport King of the Dirt" Frank Klosta grabbed the hole shot. For two laps Franky held the top position, then Tommi Gous and Björn Bierbrauer got past him in the third lap. Bierbrauer played all tricks but Tommi had some of his own and blocked all attacks successfully. In the seventh lap some backmarkers clogged the track somewhat and Björn was impeded while Tommi ploughed trough the throng at the southern traverse and took victory. Björn was winner of the day… but the "King of the Dirt" is a special title in Namibia.
Results "Snyman Transport King of the Dirt":
- Tommi Gous, Windhoek, Novel-Yamaha, 25 pts.
- Björn Bierbrauer, Windhoek, Honda Muxima Racing, 22
- Frank Klosta, Swakopmund, Bikes 4 Fun KTM, 20
- Alexander Howard, Windhoek, Coolzone-Yamaha, 19
- Henry O’Kennedy, Windhoek, Honda Muxima Racing, 18
- Ronnie Adams, Kapps-Farm, Kawsaki-Namibia, 17
- Michael Behnke, Wavis-Bay, Behnke’s Garage-Honda, 16
- Jaco Loots, Windhoek, Bike & Quad Clinic Suzuki, 15
- Mark Sternagel, Windhoek, Sternbau-Yamaha, 14
- Ruhan Gous, Windhoek, Kawasaki, 13
Tristan Muller from Okahandja is the measure of all things in the MX Lites Class. Three heats – three wins! Only Pauli Loots can keep up here. Matthew Nederlof established himself on the 3rd spot on the rostrum while Joshua Teixeira and Michael Barlow battled to keep up.
In the Clubmen's Class it looked like an overall win for former champion Jose Teixeira but in the first two heats Jose was caught off guard by Schalk Louw from Swakopmund, when the finish line was already in sight. Only in the third heat Jose was able to put the known hierarchy in place again. Frank Steyn made 3rd place again ahead of Pauli Loots.
Cee-Anne-Greyling, ahead of Maike Bochert
As always the various Quad classes are good for excitement at the Gallina Moto Cross Park. The Quad Ladies Class diminished in numbers but by putting them together with the Quad-C Class, we had an impressive field of riders. Anneke Steenkamp won on maximum (75 points) ahead of Maike Bochert and Celene Adams. In the Quad-C Class Jaques Snyman won ahead of Katelynne Liebenberg and Shannon Rowland.
Jaco Snyman finished as runner-up in his first ever Quad-A-Class race
Among the protagonists in the Quad-A Class the reigning champion Michael Behnke is missing. He is now participating in two-wheel MX-sport and finished in an excellent 7th place in the "Snyman King of the Dirt". Climber Jaco Snyman caught the spectators' attention with a win in the first heat. The sponsors Snyman Transport were very pleased with this result! In the second heat as well as in the "Snyman King of the Quads" 13-year old Ecki Spoerer from Tsumeb won, having also climbed up from the Quad-B Class. (Due to his age he is riding with a special permit from the NMSF.) Leigh-Jean Skopellitus finished in 3rd place.
An outstanding racing day full of excitement came to a close. With its new concept the Windhoek Moto Cross Club is on the right track. The Jägermeister-Party with DJ CoCo was a success as usual among Windhoek's youth and from what I've heard, it got pretty late. Thank you to Snyman Transport for sponsoring this event.