Motocross in Namibia (S.A. vs Nam, round two)

Last week some of our riders toured down to Cape Town for a race against the South Africans, now it is their turn to come to us.

The Zone 7 club enjoyed having our riders there so much that they proposed that we have another race but this time they will come to us. The race will be held on the 8th of July at the Galina Motocross track outside of Windhoek Namibia. It will be an amazing event filled with adrenaline pumping action sure to get even the spectators’ blood pumping.

All the Namibian riders are very excited about the event, it is safe to say that all of the riders will ride like never before to show the visitors what we are capable of. This time we have the home track advantage, this does not mean much since anything can and will most certainly happen.

The riders along with the management hopes to make this a annual event, where each country sends riders to the other for a friendly, yet still competitive, race. I think an event like this benefits everybody as it pushes all of us just a little bit more to go a little faster while at the same time trying to stay on the bike.

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Motocross in Namibia (Last Practice Before Race)

This weekend was the last time we were able to practice before next Saturdays race, and to put the cherry on top of the cake practice only lasted until 1 o’clock.

Since it has been a month ago that the track received any form of maintenance, the last practice before the next race is always the worst. It is not only extra strenuous on your body but the chances for a crash is much likelier. Unlike on the race day where the track is nice and wet and “smooth”, this weekend it was rough and the wet dirt has been replaced with soft “tyre grabbing” sand. We call it “tyre grabbing” sand because when you ride through it (especially in the corners) ones front wheel has the tendency to get stuck in the thick sand and then if you are unlucky you hug the ground very hard.

However, the way I look at it is that by practising in the bad track conditions it only prepares you more, and then when you ride on the nice fixed track it is much easier and it boosts your lap time. So it may be very bad but it prepares you for the race day.

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Practice was unfortunately cut short due to the maintenance people showing up at 1 o’clock to fix and prep the track for next week. All the riders left after that, however me, my father, my uncle and a few other people stayed behind to help with the watering of the track. We sprayed water on the jumps and corners that they finished fixing to give the soil a bit of stability and harden it. The track will be wet properly again one day before the race as well as during the race day, to give the riders more grip as well as remove the dust that the bikes kick up.

The water that we use to wet the track we get from a nearby river that runs all year long. We pump the water from the river into the the water tanks on the trucks and then we spray it onto the track.

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A quite unusual practice day but fun non the less.

Motocross in Namibia (A Trip to S.A.)

The weekend that just passed (26th – 28th May) a few riders went down to South Africa to hold up Namibia’s name.

7 riders from Namibia went down to Cape Town this weekend to face off against the South Africans at Zone 7. Zone 7 is a recreational park for Off-road bikes as well as Quad bikes. They host 6 tracks from kiddies to seniors, also including a RC track and a  BMX track.

The Namibian riders all did very well and we managed to claim a 2nd place on the podium. This is remarkably impressive as it was a strange track to all of them and a whole list of new obstacles.  I unfortunately did not have the opportunity to attend the event. However, I believe I speak for everybody when I say that I am very proud of all the riders that took part in the adrenaline pumping races. They did their country proud and even though they did not get first place they are all winners in our hearts.

As far as I understand the event was on Saturday the 27th of May. The riders had a practice run before the main race to get a feel for the new track and see which are the best “lines” to take. They were spaced out across the different classes that Zone 7 offers, much like we also do it here in Namibia. We even had one of our riders in the Quad bike class.

Very fortunately none of them underwent any injuries, and at the end of the day the sport is all about having fun and believe me crashing is not very fun. Hopefully I am able to attend the next trip to the Cape, It sounds like a heap of fun and I can only imagine the good times all of them had.

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Motocross in Namibia (Biting the Dust)

This Saturday at practice I bit the dust… literally!

It has been a while since it rained, and because they only wet the track before the races it was especially dry and dusty this Saturday. Everything went great (accept for the heat as always in Namibia) until around the 3rd hour of practice, we were about to call it a day and I thought “okay just 2 more laps”. That was not one of the wisest decisions I ever made, quick tip: If your body aches from continuous practice rather rest or call it a day, don’t keep on riding if you can barely hold on. So rounding the one corner the ground, being mostly loose sand, gave way beneath me, and with my arms being no more than useless I couldn’t do much to prevent the inevitable. So as if in slow-motion I watched the ground get closer and closer and did my best to brace for the impact I knew so well by now.    Weirdly enough the first thought is never if I am okay, it’s whether the bike is.

After taking a second to retrieve my bearings I got up and dusted myself off. I picked up the bike and rode back to the pit areas, on my way I noticed that the steering was a bit off and at I just thought that maybe I just bent the handlebars. However, as I climbed off I saw that my front left shock was leaking oil. So now I have to take it in to Yamaha for repairs this week.

All in all not a bad Practice session, except of course for the unfortunate incident with the ground.

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Motocross In Namibia (Track Change)

Big news hit the motocross community this week as we found out that the Gallina Motocross track outside of Windhoek has been updated and underwent some changes.

The last time that the track was changed was about 3 years ago. The reasoning behind the changes in 2014 was due to many injuries that occurred, especially from less-experienced / younger riders within certain areas of the old track.  They removed the “danger zones” and we all found that the updated track was challenging and took a bit of getting used to. However, the over-all feel of the changed track was very positive and riders quickly adapted to the new track-layout.

This week the track was updated again.  For a layman to understand the amount of though and planning that goes into these changes is not easy to comprehend.  For example –  the riders know from hand-on experience the the previous track had 7 right-handed turns and only 2 left-handed turns.  Therefore the new track layout was planned so that it has 7 right-hand turns and 5 left-handed turns, It was also changed just for a renewed feel and something different, to spruce it up a bit.  This weekend at practise, me along with the rest of the riders was first to experience the changes that the track underwent.  I strongly feel that this new layout will surely test me as well as the other riders in upcoming and future events.  These changes will definitely guarantee renewed excitement for both the riders and the supporters.

I believe I speak for all the riders when I say that I’m very excited about the new changes and I can’t wait to see what types of challenges as well as fun it brings in future.

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Motocross in Namibia (an Introduction)

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It All Starts With The Drop Of A Gate.

This is my first BLOG POST, so please hang in there, I am as they would say “a Newbie”.

I wanted to do a blog about general Motocross in Namibia, focusing mostly the Windhoek (capital city) area. Being a rider myself and also being somewhat involved in the “behind the scenes” action, I have an overall general insight into the planning, running and also racing aspects of the sport here in Namibia.

Motocross in Namibia is not as big a sport as compared to other countries, however in the last 2 – 3 years the sport really grew and it is continuing to grow with more and more new rider entries each month. We have one Motocross track called the “Gallina Motocross Track” – the track is situated about 20km (12.5miles) outside Windhoek.  A brand new track, situated outside of Swakopmund at the coast, was built in 2016.

Gallina hosts a monthly event ( this year, it falls on every first Saturday of every Month), with the Track being open for practice every other Saturday not being a “race day”. The riders at these events are split into 5 categories, namely Class D (this is the rookie class with all the new riders), Class C (The bit more experienced riders that have levelled up from Class D), Class B (These are the faster riders but not yet the fastest), Class A (These are the fastest riders of the lot, the ones that can truly be called the “Pro’s”) and then we also have a Quad Class that are only the quad-bike riders. This year there are also 2 kiddies classes.  The one class (7 riders) for bikes with engine sizes less than 85cc and then the “bigger” kids on the bikes with more than 85cc’s – in this class they are a whole 6 riders.

The event is usually a fun-filled day for the whole family.  Great music, an open bar, food and all the adrenaline filled action anybody’s heart can desire.

 

This is only the first blog and just an overview – I will do more weekly posts, where I will cover in more detail all the aspects of the sport in Namibia as seen from a riders perspective, as well as share with you more about the races, practice days as well as any news and “action” that is guaranteed to go down!