Kingsley - Team Namibia
Messrs Kingsley, internationally operating company and major player in the field of beverages and flavored soft-drinks has become main-sponsor of the 1st event of the Inter-Series to be held in Swakopmund on 7th November. A representative of Kingsley watched the last race in Swakopmund in October and was so impressed with the exciting motocross sport that in an ad-hoc descission sponsorship was offered. The Namib Off-Road Club is very grateful for this generous sponsorship.
Leader of the pack of the land of the brave in the Radiowave 96,7 – MX1 Class is Tommy Gous who had a very good season on his trustworthy Yamaha 250 2-stroke. Tommy will show us his mettle in the upcoming Inter-Series versus his competitors from Southern Africa and the top-guns from Europe. 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 he finished the 2008 season as Champion. In 2009 he found some stiff competition but still is leading in the points-log and with 5th overall at the AMU-Championship in June 2009 he proved that he’s a top-contender in the Open Class category.
Sixteen year old Jaco Loots is the highflyer this season aboard his 250 2-stroke Suzuki. He climbed from the 85cc youth Class directly to the MX1 Class and in 2009 had results others could only dream of. Jaco was vice-champion in the 85cc Class in 2007, AMU vice-champion in Kenya in 2007, as well as runner-up-champion in the 125cc Class in 2008. In Namibia he’s found in second position in his first year with the big-guns and he also excelled during the AMU-Championships when he finished 6th overall. Number three in this category is Tony Viljoen. Tony is not the guy who races always at the limits, but he’s always on the track collecting points all the time, and that is what counts, Third overall in 2008 and he will jump the rostrum in 2009 again…you can bet!
In the Safari Den –MX2 Class Björn Bierbrauer is the Namibian favorit. Björn won his first Namibian Champion title in 1999 in the 60cc Class. More titles followed in 2002 and 2003, when he won the 65cc category. In 2003 he also finished 7th in the Junior World Cup in Germany and he came overall 3rd in the AMU Africachampionship. In 2004 he finishes the Namibian Championship as runner-up in the 85cc Class behind old rival Brannigan Wise.
2005 was an extraordinary season for Björn, he finished 3rd at the AMU Africachampionship in Zambia and he won the AMU Southern Challenge. In 2006 he moved to Germany to race for Suzuki Europe. The year after he chased points for the Bodo Schmidt Team. In 2008 he joined the Kölling Yamaha team but stopped racing towards the middle of the season and had to undergo an operation to his shoulder. 2009 he started like the proverbal “phenix from the ashes”, on his trustworthy Honda supplied by Muxima Honda Racing Team. Björn won all his races and in the AMU Championships he was the best Namibian rider finishing in third overall.
Alexander Howard is another rider who specially excelled during the 2009 season aboard his Pupkewitz-Honda. Alex won the championship title in the 85cc Class in 2006 and was vice-champion in the 125cc Class the year after. He had paused for 6 months in 2008 due to a broken hip joint. He is fit again and riding up front, in 2nd place at the moment. Frank Klosta has a glorious past to look back upon: Namibian champion in the 125cc Class in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he had to pause for 10 months due to a bad injury. Now in 2009 on his Bikes4Fun-KTM he found back to the sport and ranks 3rd presently, a mere three points behind compatriot Howard.
The fastest rider in the AGRA MX.Lites Class is Tristan Muller. Tristan was born on January 12th 1996. In 2001 he started mx-racing in 2001 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 won the Championship. That same feat he wants to repeat in the MX Lites Class (formerly known as 85cc Class) in 2009 and the odds are on his side. Second in line is Pauli Loots Pauli’s performance fluctuates most of the time; if he is in a good mood he can even win the Inter- Championship on Saturday, because especially in the sand of Swakopmund Pauli is awfully fast on his Bike & Quad Clinic Suzuki and he’s has got the talent! Pauli was overall 3rd in 2005 in the 65cc Class, followed by a 2nd place in 2006, and presently he ranks 2nd in the AGRA MX Lites Class. Third representative 10 year old Matthew Nederlof won the 50cc Class two times and landed on 2nd place in the 65cc Class in 2008. In 2009 he had to move up to the 85cc Class, he finsihed 4th overall in the AMU-Champiosnhips and he’s found in an excellent third overall in the points-log.
In the Kindergarten-Class, the Paramount Healthcare – MX50 Class Guy Greyser will get challenged by the Botha-brothers Owen and Mathew.
The venues in Swakopmund on 7th November and one week later at Gallina Motocross Park in Windhoek are family friendly and beverages and food will be served at the Namibia Breweries-tent. Thereafter the youths will dance the night away at the Tafel Lager - Jägermeister-Party to the tunes of DJ-CoCo in the beertent sponsored by Namibia Breweries.
Power, Speed & MX-Action is the name of the game at Swakopmund MX-Track on 7th of November. The venue is situated about 10 kilometers outside of Swakopmund, on the road towards Henties Bay, opposite the salt-pans. Clear signage lead you to the track…where all the action happens.