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26.10.2008 Moto Cross Inter-Series 2008: Walschmidt Eggs - Team South Africa
Geoff Den
Waldschmidt Eggs will be the patron for the team from South Africa. It is always a major problem to obtain rider-profiles from these chaps, from south of the Orange-river! But for one exception and that is the living legend Geoff Den.
For Geoff it is already his 9th Inter-Series and his 10th appearance at Gallina, and he loves the unique atmosphere of the annual Inter-Series here in Namibia. Geoff has won all categories in his home country and at his age he’s participating in the Masters National Class and currently holds 1st position at one more race to go. He raced in 6 AMU-African Championships in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia and twice in South Africa, he raced the Veterans World Cup in Namur in Belgium in 2006 and 2007 and he raced the Veterans World Cup at Glen Helen in California. Geoff will compete on his trustworthy Suzuki RMZ 450 K8EFI in the Masters-Class in Namibia.
Kerim Fitzgerald has signed! The reigning “Namibia International Champion 2007”, Kerim Fitzgerald can boast about an impressive mx-career. Kerim was born on January 7th 1987. After winning the PW, 60cc, 80cc Classes between 1991 and 2001, he moved in 2002 to the 125cc Highschool Class and finished 3rd in his first year. In 2003 he became SA-Champion 125cc Highschool Class. In 2004 he had to move up to the 125cc Pro-Class and finished on the podium in 3rd position. In 2005 he finished as runner-up in the same category. In that same year he travelled for the first time abroad, to Dortmund/Germany where he demonstrated his skills in the Westfalenhalle. He finished 9th in front of a capacity crowd of 30.000. In 2006 he became SA-Champion 125cc Pro-Class and finished 2nd overall in the Open-Class category.
Kerim Fitzgerald
Kerim Fitzgerald
In 2007 he moved to Canada to compete in the MX2 East Championship finishing 8th, but won the Ontario Provincial Championships. That same year he raced the first time in Namibia and became "Namibia International Champion". In 2008 Kerim moved back to Canada and tried his luck in the Canadian MX2 National Championships finishing in a respectable 8th overall. In Namibia Kerim wants to defend his title.
Liam O’Farrel is currently leading the 125cc Pro-Class as well as the Open-Class in South Africa and he will show his potential at Gallina. Liam was born on 28.February 1987 in Durban South Africa. He started racing in 1993 and won the AMU 85cc Senior Class in 2001, became SA Pro Mini Champion (85cc) in 2002. In 2004 he won the SA 125cc Highschool Championships and that same year he won the 125cc Class at the Zimbabwean Summer-Series. With that reputation Liam should be found up front. Another talent from the 125cc Seniors is Ryan Frerichs, a top-10 rider in South Africa.
In the 85 cc Class South Africa will be represented by Daniel Pajewski who hails from Namibia. His brother Erhard will represent South Africa in the 125cc Class. Another youngster hailing from Namibia is Kai Pritzen who for the past 3 years is racing the SA-Championships with good results. Richard van der Westhuizen has signed as well, he’s found in second position in the125cc Senior Class in the moment. Brandon Wheeler won the Open-Class in the Namibian Inter-Series the previous year and currently is found in 5th spot in the SA-Championships Open-Class.
Brandon Wheeler
Brandon Wheeler
Kevin Moran is also competing in the Open-Class category and also a Top-10 contender in his home-country. And we have an actor in the Open-Class, his name his Heino Schmitt, aka Altus from the SA soap “7de Laan”. We are eager to see how he fares. And there will be Shaun Kruger competing in the Open-Class. Another known talent is Brendan Crookes who will compete in the Masters-Class. Neil Thompson and Gary Killian also race in the Masters Class. We were informed that some reputable girls and boys also will compete in the international Quads-A-Class category. Unfortunately no further details were received.
This is an impressive line-up from South Africa!
Messrs Waldschmidt is engaged in Moto-X for decades already. Eckhard and his younger brother Ingo were at the helm of the Windhoek Moto Cross Club for many years and it was during their reigns that the WMCC progressed most, shining sample is the Gallina Motocross Park, which was built on the Waldschmidt Egg farm. Both Waldschmidts also excelled during their careers as mx-riders. Now, being a little bit older, they both are engaged extremly successfully in Enduro-riding.
Author: Bernd Kroemer ... [back]
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