Motocross in Namibia (Riding in the Dunes)

Going to the coast also means going to ride in the dunes, since Namibia has a desert right ons the edge of the ocean.

After our practice on Saturday at the Swakop track, we decided to go to the dunes on Sunday morning. Waking up bright and early, we once again loaded all our riding gear and bikes and headed off. The morning was chilly with quite a good amount of mist laying in the air. This was very good news as it meant the sand dunes would be slightly damp, perfect for riding.

We drove out a long way to the spot we always go to and started offloading and getting ready to tackle the dunes. It’s quite a different experience than just riding on normal ground, for one the amount of traction the bikes have is very limited in the soft sand. This means that one has to try to keep the momentum of the bike going at all times. This makes it a heck of a challenge, but once you master it it’s loads and loads of fun.

One however also needs to be very careful as the dunes could be very dangerous. As the sun gets higher in the sky and the shadows shrink to nothing, it is very hard to judge depth and one could easily be surprised by a sudden drop off or blind dune. However, just being careful and keeping a constant eye out is enough to prevent any accidents.

All in all it was a very enjoyable day, surely one to remember.

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Motocross in Namibia (Riding at the coast)

Taking a trip down to the coast is always fun, especially if you take a couple of bikes along on the trip.

The town we visited last weekend, Swakop, has their own Motocross track, and we were more than excited to give this new track a go. Saturday morning was a rush of excitement and anticipation as we hurredly loaded the bikes and the gear and set off to the track early in the morning. The coast was a bit more chilly than we are used to, but this was a welcome change and only added to the overall hype in the atmosphere.

Once we arrived at the track, it was not at all what we expected. We expected loads of bikers to be present and the track buzzing with activity, however there was not a single soul in sight. We thought that maybe it was only due to us being so early and that the people would arrive in due time. We started offloading and “suiting up” and in no time we were on the track.


The track exceeded all our expectations, it was beyond awesome. It was something completely different from the track we are used to back home. It was also quite a bit longer than the Gallina Motocross track, with more jumps and loads of fun to be had.

We spent a good couple of hours riding and playing, all by ourselves since nobody else showed up. We found this quite strange but we did not complain, as this made it kind of like a private practice session.

At last we packed up and headed back, thoroughly impressed with the Swakop Motocross track.

Motocross in Namibia (Best race ever)

It is safe to say that last weekend’s race was one of the most fun events in a very long time.

The new track layout received heaps of positive feedback from all the riders in all the classes. Some of the new jumps that were added looked daunting at first but proved to be fun as the day grew longer and more and more riders started jumping them.

However, as always with the addition of new jumps and turns there is always going to be a few crashes as well. Nothing serious luckily, all the riders that tumbled and fell quickly got up and tried their very best to get back in the race.

I personally had one of the most epic falls ever. As I was attempting to jump one of the new jumps for the first time, I misjudged the distance between the take-off ramp and the landing. I did not have enough speed and I hit the landing too short, as soon as I left the take-off I knew, this could not end well and waited for the inevitable as I soured through the sky.

After what felt like an eternity I hit the flat side of the landing and bottomed out the bike, this flung me forward and up into the air. As I was flying through the air, a good 3 meters off the ground, I did a complete frontflip and when I hit the ground I landed on my feet (none of which was planned of course), I stumbled forward from the momentum I was still carrying but managed to stay on my feet. I froze for a moment, not believing what just happened. And then out of pure joy and amazement I threw up my arms and yelled “that was awesome”. I rushed back to my bike and got back into the race.

I managed to finish 5th overall for the day in my class, but the main highlight of my day was that epic crash that could not have gone any better. I hoped and prayed that one of the photographers managed to catch my moment as an Acrobat on a photo, but sadly none did. Non the less it was great fun and an awesome day of racing.

 
 

Motocross in Namibia (New Bike Test Ride)

During the course of last week the Yamaha dealership in Windhoek reached out to a bunch of riders, asking them to test ride a few of the new bikes they shipped in and to give a short review about what they experienced.

I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen riders. Pure excitement rushed through my veins as I was busy reading the message. The thought of being chosen to ride and review one of the brand new bikes in stock had my heart pounding and I could not wait for the weekend to roll around. As Saturday drew near I grew more and more excited and finally it was time to head to the track.

When I arrived some of the other chosen riders was already there and others was still on their way. When we were all there the guys from Yamaha gave us a short speech and a few rules. When we were all “briefed” the moment I have been waiting for all week was finally here. It was very apparent that I was not the only one more than eager to get riding. All the riders rushed to put on their kits (riding gear) and get on their bikes. We were 4 riders in total, each testing a different bike.

The rest of the day was spent riding and having fun, I constantly had to remind myself that “this is not my bike, so please don’t break it”. I also had to remember to test the bike and not only enjoy it. However, the bike was amazing to say the very least, the speed, steering, weight, torque   everything was beyond anything I ever rode before.

A silent tear was shed when it was finally time to hand back the bike at the end of the day. Non the less it was great fun and an experience I will not easily forget. I wrote a positive, yet still honest, review and sent it to Yamaha, who were pleased to hear that I enjoyed the bike. 

The whole experience was very exciting and a heap of fun, I truly hope I get the chance again in the future.

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Yamaha, Windhoek

 

Motocross in Namibia (Awesome race day)

No matter how much one trains and prepares for a race, one always wakes up with a ton of butterflies is one’s stomach.

The weekend that just passed (8th of June), was the 5th leg/race of the Gallina Motocross season. The day started relatively early just as any other race day, we arrived at the track about half past 6 and the pit areas was already buzzing with not only the sound of the people but the sounds of the bikes. We offloaded the bikes and set up everything to be ready once practice started.

Practice started at half past 7, all the classes had a chance to take a few laps around the track to warm up themselves and the bikes. After practice was done all the riders sat down for the “riders briefing” where they once again tell us the same rules as all the times before.

And at last ,after what seamed like an eternity, it was time for the races to start. First off it was the A class riders then B and then C, this is where I ride, and after us it is the D class and then the quads. It is always breathtaking to watch the A class riders race, the level of skill they show on the track is something I can’t put into words.

Finally it was time to head to the starting gates and line up for the race. It is hard to put into words the feelings rushing through one when lining up at the gates. It is a mixture of both excitement and terror, and then when the gates finally drops it’s as if the adrenaline just pushes everything aside. The second that those gates drop and the 15+ riders all gun it for the first corner is the most terrifying yet exciting moment of the entire race. I’m shaking just thinking about it.

All in all it was a pretty good race and even though I did not manage to win, I did get a 4th place in the first race. All the more reason to practice a bit harder and push just that little bit more.

The day however did not go as smoothly for everybody. One of the quad riders fell on the very last lap and broke his thumb, this has to be a quad riders worst nightmare as one is then unable to continue riding until it heals.

The second round of races was equally as fun. However, I crashed in one of the corners, luckily I didn’t get hurt, but it cost me valuable time and I only finished 6th.

The whole day was a blast, The food was good and as was the music, and as always the entertainment was to die for.

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