MX-Olympia mega success!
The moto-x-event this weekend in Olympia exceeded all expectations. More than 1000 spectators came to the WMCC grounds and at least the same number of people stood outside the premisses and lined the fence. The Windhoek Moto Cross Club recorded 88 entries in the races - a new record.
Some members of the club were sceptical about the feasibility of Adrenalin-Park Olympia, but Toby Barlow had a vision and together with Bobby Wise plus a handful of energetic club members, and the help of dedicated sponsors from the building industry this all new race track was created. It received its baptism on Saturday. And what an awesome day it turned out to be! Now nothing stands in the way of the the first race of the international Moto Cross Series on the 6th of November.
A Tough duell between old toppies Uwe Trümper (271) and Georg Bierbrauer
Let's take a look at the races as such: All classes offered fantastic races but one class was just phenomenal: the Red Square Weekend Warriors. Here the former champions of the sport - Georg "Schorsch" Bierbrauer, Chris Steenkamp and Uwe Trümper - fought some hard duels. In the 3rd heat the lead changed back and forth between Bierbrauer and Trümper so that only a lap chart could be conclusive. BMW-rider Uwe Trümper ultimately won the race ahead of Steenkamp and Bierbrauer. The only woman in the group, Rosemarie Rothel made it to an exceptional 4th place.
A Shell Junior Warrior Pascal Henle
The races in the Shell Junior Warriors Class were fantastic. For the first time in their lives these guys stood at the starting-gate with shaking knees. During the first lap they just rolled across the track, but then the adrenaline seemed to kick in and some of the riders really opened up throttle. Pascal Henle won with a maximum number of points ahead of Nikolai Palmert and Marcel Henle. Here we have some great up-and-coming talent.
In the Bike & Quad Clinic MX-Lites Class Tristan Muller was victorious over Pauli Loots and Joshua Teixeira and Matthew Nederlof had a duel going on which was well worth seeing. Especially in the 3rd heat spectators cheered at the ever changing positions. Matthew ultimately finished 3rd and the talented Joshua "Bubba" Kasera made a wonderful 8th place in his first ever race. We can expect to hear more from him in the future.
Joshua Bubba Kasera together with his mentor Paul Loots
26 riders participated in the Honda-Muxima Clubmen's Class. They offered finest sport and excitement throughout! Schalk Louw from swakopmund won with a maximum number of points, ahead of Tony Viljoen and Pauli Loots. Olaf Pack all the way from Germany reached a good 9th place after a training pause of several months.
A Start of the Clubmen's Class
The protagonists of the sport in the Radiowave 96,7fm MX1/MX2 Class once again presented hard-charged racing. In the first heat Tommy Gous lost his 2nd place after a crash and had to take up the chase, while Björn Bierbrauer lonely raced his laps and pleased the spectators with his performances on the tables, before crossing the finish line. Jaco Loots came in 2nd and Ruhan Gous in 3rd place. Mark Sternagel made a great 4th place. In the 2nd heat Bierbrauer had to fight off attacks by Jaco Loots but was able to assert himself. Tommy Gous battled it out with Ruhan Gous for 3rd position, Tommy had to eat dirt for a second time but despite staying in persuit he could not get past Sternagel. Bierbrauer won ahead of Ruhan Gous and Jaco Loots.
The highlight of the day was the ANKERDATA King of the Dirt race which lasts 20 long minutes. Bierbrauer has a bad start, Tommy Gous wins the holeshot and assumes the lead ahead of Ruhan Gous and Jaco Loots. In the 3rd lap Bierbrauer is already found in 5th spot and one lap later the hierarchy is in place again: Bierbrauer leads! In the 5th lap Sternagel is found in 3rd, a great achievement which, however only lasts 3 laps, then Sternagel has to quit with an unfunctional clutch. Björn Bierbrauer becomes the King of the Dirt ahead of Tommy Gous, Jaco Loots and a fast Rudolf Steyn.
Björn Bierbrauer, Ankerdata King of the Dirt
The Quad-Classes were of course part of the action as well. The 4-Wheelers are the icing on the cake of every MX-event. The reigning South African champion 2010, Dirkie Baard displayed his talent with two heat wins in the Jägermeister Quad-A-Class, but due to technical difficulties in heat two, only ranked 7th in the end. The rider from Walvis Bay was content nevertheless and was happy to ride on home ground.
Young Ecki Spoerer asserted himself with 69 points against Jaco Sneyman, and Goggo van Wyk got his deserved 3rd place on the rostrum.
Anneke Steenkamp won as usual in the Propshaft Quad Ladies Class and despite being without training for a long time Mandy Huysamen finished in 2nd. Maike Bochert reached third and Celine Adam 4th place. The Caterhire Quad-C-Class started together with the ladies. Jaques Sneyman showed once again that he's got talent – he won with a maximum number of points ahead of his contestants Shannon Rowland and Lian Brown.
Now the starting area was practically bursting with 14 riders in the Snyman Transport Enduro Quad Class. This race was something of a highlight too. These guys fight hard but in the end only one can win: Janus Augustyn finished the race with a maximum number of points ahead of Pierre Cronje and Kirsten Spangenberg.
After the prize-giving ceremony the Jägermeister-Party took place in the tent of the Namibian Breweries. Everyone danced joyously to the beats of live band Koos van Zyl and the rhythms of DJ-CoCo. This MX-event in the Adrenalin-Park in Olympia was an insanely awesome prelude to the upcoming Inter-Series, starting at the 6th of November at the same venue.