E.L. Sea Products - Quad Team Namibia
The first leg of the 2009 Inter-Series, to be held in Swakopmund on 7th November will see mx-riders from 8 different nations which are the UK, Scotland, Germany, Moldova, Botswana, South Africa, Angola and host Namibia.This event will also incorporate the SAC (Southern African Challenge) Quad-Championship.
Jean Venter (1) vs Dirkie Baard
Ten entries were received from South Africa (here we have to mention the Baard family from Walvis Bay who were heavily envolved to organise the journey and accomodation for the South Africans) , two from Angola plus all the best riders from Namibia. In the Quad-Ladies-Class Namibia has got plenty of talent, girls like Charney Joubert, Anneke Steenkamp, Mandy Huysamen or Cee-Anne Greyling to name but a few. In the Quad-B-Class we find youngsters like Louw Greyvenstein, Lee-Jean Skoppelitus and of course 12-year old super-talent Ecki Spoerer, three excelent representatives of this category who finished in same order at the last coastal race.
In the Quad-A-Class, the premier class in quad-racing, we find Namibia’s poster-boy, the 2009 reigning South African Quad-champion who stems from Walvis-Bay, Dirkie Baard. Dirkie born on 11 May 1988 started quad-racing in 2006. In six races he entered he finished five times on the rostrum. He also had in the same year his first experience in quad-endurosport. In 2007 Dirkie won the Namibian Quad-A-Class Championship…18 heats…12 victories! In that same year he participated in the AMU Baja in Botswana where he finished in an excellent 3rd spot. In 2008, Dirkie in the meantime moved to South Africa to further his studies, he still managed to win the 2008 Namibian Quad-Enduro-Championship. The highlight in his carreer is the year 2009 when he won the 2009 SA MX National Quad-Championship and in what is called the toughest off-road event in the world, the “Roof of Africa”, annually held in the mountain-kingdom of Lesotho, Dirkie won the Quad-Class on his reliable Honda 450F sponsored by Honda Pupkewitz. With this reputation he should be able to win the SAC Quad-Championship on his home-turf in Swakopmund. Another rider with equal talent is the reigning Champion Jean Venter. Jean started his quad-mx career in 2004 and moved up steadily that ladder of success. In the year 2008 he turned to KTM 450, sponsored by Bikes4Fun in Swakopmund and he won the Quad-A-Class Championship that year. Jean is also known as the “Hole shot king” in Namibia and is currently lying in 2nd position in the Namibian National standings.
The succesfull trio is complete with Michael Behnke. Michael was born on 28 April 1990 and hails from Walvis Bay. Michael started with free-riding and dune-riding before he found his way to competitive racing in 2006. In 2007 he won the Quad-Clubmen’s Class. The year after he had to move up to the Quad-A-Class and finsihed as runner-up in his first year. Still racing for Honda-Pupkewitz and his own company M2Racing on a fast Honda 450F he is currently leading in the Quad-A-Class points-sheet as well as the Quad-Enduro-Championship.
Michael Behnke (2) vs Jean Venter
Besides the aforementioned riders we will see entries by Namibian top-riders like Phillipie Baard, winner of the “Toyota 1000 Desert Race” in Botswana, or Wolfgang Röhl, Stephan Smidt or Jaco Venter to name but a few. They are geared to take up the challenge by the representatives from Angola, Fabio Ferreira and Zinildo Silva as well as the big contingent of riders from South Africa which were introduced in a previous publication. Sponsor of the Namibians, partaking in the SAC Quad Championship, is the well known fishing company E.L. Sea Products from Walvis Bay. Entrepreneur and proprietor Chico Gomes used to be the personal sponsor and mentor of unforgetable mx-ace Nicki Pajewski who died in a freak car accident in Botswana in January 2002. Since this time E.L. Sea Products is the traditional sponsor at each final race of the annual Inter-Series known under the official name “E.L. Sea Products King of the Dirt”.