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National MX News : Namibian Inter-Series
12.11.2009 13th edition of Motocross Inter-Series - Preview

Jägermeister – MX Dash for Cash at Gallina

This coming Saturday the 2nd leg of the 2009 Inter-Series will get staged at Gallina Motocross Park under the official name "Jägermeister - MX Dash for Cash". The famous Gallina Motocross Park is situated 15 Kilometres outside of Windhoek, on the road towards Okahandja.
Andre David
Andre David
After the glorious victory of Ross Branch from Botswana in Swakopmund, all eyes are fixed on the friendly young Botswanan if he can repeat that feat at Gallina with it’s different composition of soil and rocks. In the Radiowave 96,7 - MX1/MX2 Class the cards get reshuffled and some riders that were not so comfortable in the deep sand of the Namib, like all the European riders, can show their mettle at Gallina.
Ross Branch is leading the points-log in the Radiowave 96,7 MX1 Class with 50 points ahead of South African Michael Kok (42 points) and his countryman Richard van der Westhuizen also on 42 points. For the Englishmen Andre David, Gallina seems to offer more barbanging, this is a track more to his liking. With 38 points he is still up front to mingle with the best.
Namibia’s mx-ace Tommy Gous had some good rides and is found with 36 points hard on David’s heels in 5th spot. Behind Tommy we find South Africa’s Geoff Den who didn’t look too comfortable at the coast. Geoff will be much faster at Gallina, that is for sure. Jose Teixeira from Angola is found in 7th spot with 29 points, he had his consolation when he could defeat Angola’s poster-boy Roberto Talaia. Bad luck for Jaco Loots, he had a motor seizure, so he could not fullfill his own expectations. Gallina will be the place for revenge. Tony Viljoen want’s to finish in the Top-10, at Gallina that is for him a mission-possible. Scotlands Richard Reid didn’t finish his first heat due to technical problems, but showed his mettle in the second heat with a respectable 6th place.
Kerim Fitzgerald
Kerim Fitzgerald
Kerim Fitzgerald is the rider with the most points in the Radiowave 96,7 - MX2 Class category, 47 points to be exact. His countryman and GP-Rider Wyatt Avis, also on 47 points, will do the utmost to take victory back to South Africa. The best Namibian is found in 3rd spot namely Björn Bierbrauer with 38 points. But his points do not reflect the agony he had to endure to secure this good position. In heat one his front-fork lost oil, in the 2nd heat his rear-brakepad came loose and in the final, the E.L. Sea Products King of the Dirt race he was handycapped by a puncture. For Björn, Gallina will be sweet revenge. Peter Mitchell from Scotland is also on 38 points, Gallina will much more suit his riding-style so the writer of these lines expect him in the Top-3. Ruhan Gous in 5th position with 36 points was a real surprise, well done! The German Christian Lechner started off very well with a 4th spot in heat one, but later was hampered by technical mishaps, 6th overall on 34 points. At Galline Christian should be much more comfortable.
Christian Lechner
Christian Lechner
"I came to Namibia to rub some elbows, and that is exactly what I will do on Saturday", said Lechner. Behind Lechner we find the Namibian quartette Frank Klosta (33), Henry o’Kennedy (29), Alexander Howard (16) and Mark Sternagel on 13 points. These local boys will look much better on home turf Gallina, that is for sure and it will heat up the tension.
Besides the aforementioned protagonists there will be the AGRA-MX Lites Class racing as well as the international races of the H.J. Electrical Clubmen’s Class.
Quad-MX of the highest quality was demonstrated in the Sun Factor Quad-A-and B-Class at Swakopmund by Namibia’s own breed, Dirkie Baard from Walvis Bay who finished on maximum points of 50. There is nobody in the whole of Africa that can beat Dirkie in the moment. Unfortunately there were also two crashes by Jean Venter and Angolan hero Fabio Ferreira leaving both riders out of the contention.
Dirkie Baard vs Jean Venter
Dirkie Baard vs Jean Venter
In second position we find Michael Behnke on 44 points, who also hails from Walvis Bay. Michael fought tooth and nails at the limit but had to accept defeat by the reigning South African Champion Dirkie Baard. Phillipie Baard, Dirkies brother, finished in 3rd spot on 40 points. The Namibians Wolfgang Röhl and Stephan Smidt also demonstrated their riding skills with 37 points and 33 points respectively. The two South Africans had first to get used to the Namibian style of quad-racing. During the Snyman Transport King of the Quads, Jaques Struwig and Paul Vermaak excelled and were found in 3rd respectively in 4th spot. With that achievemnet we must expect both South Africans to become a challenge for the Namibians. Namibia’s Jaco Snyman on 30 points and Angolan Zinildo Silva (27) are also a force to reckon with.
The Sun Factor Quad-B-Class is lead by Ecki Spoerer from Tsumeb on 47 points followed by countryman Louw Greyvenstein (45). Brandon Darlow from South Africa is found in third position with 41 points. Pierce van Wyk, the young Namibian, could beat the South African Travis Rugheimer by a margin in Swakopmund. This constellation in the sun Factor Quad-A-and B-Class will culminate in explosive international racing at Gallina.
But there is more on offer, the Propshaft Engineering Ladies Quads Class will battle it out, so will the Paramount Healthcare Quads-C- Class. If there are enough registrations the WMCC will also offer Quad-Clubmen’s Racing.
International Motocross, the “Jägermeister – MX Dash for Cash” this coming Saturday 14th November is the suitable place for a family outing. Food and beverages will be served in the beer-barn and after prize-giving the notorious Tafel Lager- Jägermeister Party will get started where Windhoek’s youth will converge to dance the night away to the tunes of famous DJ CoCo.
Author: Bernd Kroemer ... [back]
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