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National MX News : Namibian Inter-Series
07.10.2008 Moto Cross Inter-Series 2008: NamIce - Botswana Team
Botswana will be represented by a youngster who already shone at previous Inter-Series when he won the 85cc Class in 2001, when he skillfully demonstrated his guts by winning the 2002 Inter-Series 125cc Class, when he became "AMU Africa 125cc Champion" in 2003, and he repeated that feat in 2005 and all that at his beloved Gallina Motocross Park.
Carr Lebatha & Ross Branch
Carr Lebatha & Ross Branch
Ross Branch was born on 5th may 1986. He started racing in 1994. In 1997 Ross participated in the Gauteng-Championship and finished as runner-up. 2001 was also a good year, in the AMU Championship in Pietermaritzburg he finished in 3rd position, he also came third in the South African Championships and he won the Botswana-Championship with 21 wins in 21 races! In 2002 he won again the Botswana-Championship and finished 3rd in the AMU-Africa Championships in Kenya.
In 2003 Roos was signed by the German Bodo Schmidt Team in the pits at Gallina and raced the 2004 season in Germany with mixed results, winning the Deutsche Moto Cross Pokal (Group South). The year after he raced for the Pfeil Kawasaki Team in Germany, again with mixed results, many crashes and some misfortune. For 2006 he was signed by the German EBS-Sturm Team, before he returned back to Botswana for good. In the Namibian Inter-Series Ross finished that same year as runner-up, behind German Benny Kolberg.
Ross Branch
Ross Branch
Since 2007 he’s part of the Wreckers Campbell Kawasaki Team and 2007 was a very good year for Ross, he won (out of contention though) the Namibian Motocross Championships 125cc Class, he finished 3rd overall in the South African Championships 125cc Class and he became AMU 125cc Champion in Nairobi / Kenya. At the Namibian Inter-Series Ross finished once more as runner-up. 2008 has shown some mixed fortunes in the SA Championships. With still two rounds to go, we will see what furtune has in store for him. Ross excelled at the South African GP 2008 by winning two points.
The 2nd rider in the NamIce-Team Botswana is Carr Lebatha. Unfortunately by the time going to press, there was still no rider-profile of “Black Pearl” Carr available. We hear that he is very talented. He participates successfully in Botswana with some Top-3 results, he managed some Top-10 results in South Africa and he tried his luck in an Namibian National in 2007 , in Gobabis, where he finished in an excellent 5th overall. In the Moscow International in Russia, in 2007, Carr finished in a good 15th spot. At the 2007 Inter-Series he crashed out in his first outing. This time around he will try to do much better.
Author: Bernd Kroemer ... [back]
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