For those readers outthere who have never witnessed Motocross live, there is the big chance to watch this insane sport this coming Saturday and Sunday 28th June at the Gallina Motocross Park, when the “Full Throttle AMU” gets started to decide who’s the best mx-rider on the african continent. For those riders that finish in the Top-5 it also means qualification for the FIM Worldchampionships to be held in South Africa in 2010. So, there is a lot at stake and Namibia is the proud host of this prestigious event.
After some withdrawals and resigning was done, this weekend sees more the 110 riders from 9 different nations, racing under 7 different flags, racing three heats to determine who is Africas BEST! The organiser, the Windhoek Moto Cross Club (WMCC) has groomed the Gallina Motocross track to perfection. The infrastucture is freshly painted and lots of money has been spent to make this event a showpiece for the other nations, to remember the Namibian event for years to come.
On Saturday the time-practise races get started to determine the startpositions. So interested spectators can watch real racing already throughout the day. In the evening there is a chance to meet the riders in the beertent when the notorious Jägermeister-Party gets started with live-band “Final Chapter” and Gallina’s own spectacular DJ CoCo.
On Sunday it gets more serious with the start of the Full Throttle AMU Motocross Championship of African Nations. Then the I Dream Africa Team Namibia riders must prove that they belong to Africa’s best. Besides winning the individual title this competition mainly caters for the nations-rating, similar to the MX-Worldchampionships “Trophy of Nations” which also gets decided in a one-day event.
In a last minute change it was decided to have a full team of five riders in the Electrolight MX Lites Class (Two-stroke bikes up to 85cc and four-stroke bikes up to 150cc). There the chances seem to be much better to play a major roll in the competition and a spot on the rostrum is viable. This 5 youngsters team consists of Tristan Muller, Pauli Loots, Joshua Teixeira, Eric Garbers and Namibia’s poster boy Mark Sternagel. In the Safari Den MX 65 Class Namibia will be represented by three very strong riders Michael Barlow, Matthew Nederlof and Jay-Em Tredoux, at least one of the boys should win a place on the rostrum.
Five riders will also represent Namibia in the Trip-Travel MX 2 Class category. Without realy knowing the competition from the other nations, the Namibians are confident to play a major part in the nations-rating and hopefully one of them can make it onto the podium. Björn Bierbrauer is the man with the most experience, also taught in many tough races in Europe he will be found up front. “I guess my biggest competitor will be Ross Branch from Botswana, who will race under the South African flag, but since my dice with him at the Inter-Series last year, I know I can beat him”, a confident Bierbrauer said.
Frank Klosta, Namibia’s Number two, also believes that Team Jägermeister South Africa will be the toughest nut to crack. Alexander Howard, Henry o’Kennedy and Ruhan Gous form the rest for I Dream Afrika Team Namibia.
In the premier division, the Novel Motor Company MX1 Class, Namibia will also compete for the nations rating with 5 riders. The guy with the most international experience is Tommy Gous, who believes that the riders from the Jägermeister Team South Africa are the riders to watch out for, but he also believes that the Erindi Ranch Zambia Team and the Red Square Zimbabwe Team are hard to deal with. “As a team we want to make it onto the rostrum, we will fight our hearts out to achieve this”, said Gous brimming with confidence.
Another Namibian who could be in for a surprise is the youngest one, Jaco Loots. Ronnie Adams, the oldy who represented Namibia even on Worldchampionship level, can give the younger riders some advise how to tackle this major task. And there is Rudi Brand from the coast who is always eager and got the guts to fight till the very last lap. For Angolan Jose Teixeira it was a privilege and reckognition for his engagement to be choosen to become part of the Namibian team. Jose is a fighter and will do his host-country proud.
Make the 28th of June a family outing, come and watch Moto-X of the highest note at Gallina Motocross Park, 15 Kilometres outside of Windhoek, on the road towards Okahandka. Food and refreshments are served around the track. MX is family-fun! Cheer for the riders from Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and of course host Namibia.