The Namibian distributors of the German herbal liqueur „Jägermeister“ brand are engaged in mx-racing for the past 5 years already. At Gallina Moto Cross Park the afterrace-party is traditionally known as the Jägermeister-Party amongst the Windhoek Youths…the hottest party with the coldest shots, as they say.
Since 2005 they even went further and sponsored an individual mx-rider, Ronnie Adams. It was that sponsorship that allowed Ronnie to partake at the GP of South Africa. Jägermeister the most popular liqueur at Gallina Motocross Park, it was quite obvious that they would become the sponsor of Team Namibia.
Leader of the pack of the land of the brave is Tommy Gous who had a very good season on his trustworthy Yamaha 450. Tommy will show us his mettle in the upcoming Inter-Series versus his competitors from Southern Africa and the top-guns from Europe and the US. Tommy was born on 12 February 1987 and started racing when he was 9 years old. In 2003 he finished as runner-up in the 125cc Class a feat he repeated in 2004. In 2005 he he won the Number-3-plate in the King of the Dirt competition. Then he moved to Germany to get specialised training in suspension-science from Rainer Schuster & Son. After completion of his 2 years training he returned back to Namibia and showed the established riders some tricks or two. Tommy was the Namibian representative at the GP in South Africa in 2008. He had his fair shair of bad luck as well, but will finish the 2008 season as Champion. Well done Tommy!
Surprise, surprise, who would have thought that Henry O’Kennedy is leading the points-log in the 125cc Class this year? He does and he is progressing with every race. Details regards his mx-career were not available. Hard on his heels we find Animal Wise, so the Championship is not decided yet.
Mark Sternagel represents the 85cc Class, Mark is 13 years old and started racing in 1999, three years old then. Mark can look back already to a most successful mx-career. Mark came second in 2003 in the 50cc Class and again 2nd the year after. 2005 was a highlight in his career when he finished as runner-up in the 65cc AMU Southern African Challenge Championship. That same year he became 65cc Namibian Champion. That is exactly what he repeated in 2006. In 2007 he moved up to the 85cc Class and from the start he puts his stamp onto this category. Because of his undisputed talent, his father let him ride the King of the Dirt, where he established himself in the Top-10, incredibe! But that is not all, in 2007 Mark also raced the AMU Championships in Kenya where he finished in 3rd overall! He’s called “Mr Maximum” because he usually wins all three heats on maximum points. For 2008 his eyes are set on the “Namibian Champion” title, aboard his very fast Honda.
The fastest rider in the 65cc Class is Tristan Muller. Tristan was born on January 12th 1996. In 2001 he started mx-racing and became 50cc Champion in that same year and the year after. His parents moved and Tristan only returned in 2007 back to the sport finishing as runner-up in the 65cc Championships. In 2008 Tristan puts his stamp onto the 65cc Class and on his quick KTM he will become Champion in 2008.
In the Quads-A-Class where the protagonists of the sport are racing, there is one young man who, with dedication and commitment was suddenly found leading the points-log in this category. The 17 year old Jean Venter is a fighter and to the liking of the spectators they could witness uncounted battles and dogfights with his opponents Dirkie Baard and Michael Behnke. There will be no difference during the Inter-Series.
Gideon van Sittert
Gideon van Sittert is leading the Quads-B-Class, he progressed most during 2008, un- fortunately there is no rider-profile of him available, but he will win the 2008 Championship.
In the Quads-Ladies Class girly Cee-Anne Greyling had to endure some tough battles with Mandy Huisamen, but in the end her points cushion is big enough to win this years Champions-Trophy. Excellent, Cee-Anne!