Motocross in Namibia (Motocross half-pipe)

Ever so often when we go riding we find old abandoned buildings (or rather the remnants thereof), naturally occurring jumps, and lots of fun rock formations we spend hours riding on. However, this week we found something unique.

As we set of from home we didn’t have a destination or plan in mind, we merely went with the flow. As we rode, out of the corner of my eye I cought a glimpse of something that made me do a double take and I decided we should go investigate.

Hidden in the tall grass was a square hole with slanted sides, resembleing a half pipe. We assumed it was an old, small refuge dump or something along those lines. It looked as if it was burned on the inside once upon a time, this made the ground inside quite hard.

We started riding around on the inside of it and before you knew it we were jumping out of it and doing wall-rides. We dared each other to do “stunts” into, inside or out of the hole. It was a very unusual place to ride but very fun non the less. We spent a good 2 hours riding our new Half-pipe.

At last it got dark and we decided to head home, but I have a feeling that this hole will provide a bunch of fun riding moments and memories.

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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.

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 (A massive track change)

Some of the head managers of the Gallina club decided that a massive revamp of the track would be a welcome surprise to the riders.

During the week out of the blue and image was posted on the Gallina Motocross Facebook page of a track that looked allien to us all. A discussion broke out and we found that the strange track we were all looking at was in fact our beloved track that received a massive change.

According to the management, the track was changed mostly to accommodate a more diverse skill level. The layout of the previous track was more suited for pro riders, which caused allot more crashes for the “not-so-pro” riders.

The whole community very quickly became ecstatic. The new track looks very different and yet very fun, I believe I speak for everyone when I say that the race this weekend is going to be heaps of fun and a completely new experience for all of us.

 

Motocross in Namibia (The big Race)

The big race against South Africa’s Zone 7 racing club was as much, if not more fun than we all anticipated.

12 riders from South Africa, 9 Bikes and 3 Quads, signed up for the race on Saturday. Most of the bikes rode in the A and B class, however there was 2 riders in the C class who I raced against. One of whom was a 14 year old rider with an 85cc bike, despite the age difference and bike size difference the young rider gave the rest of us quite a run for our money.

The main event of the day however was the A class race. More specifically the battle between our best rider and the South African best rider. Jaws dropped and knees shook when the two of them battled it out, overtaking one another time and time again. At the end of the day our rider won the overall position, but merely by a second or two.

The two Quadbike riders that came to race also gave our champion a run for his money but at the end he to was able to take the win. I have to take my hat off for the South Africans however, not practicing on our track before and then doing as well as they did is truly very impressive. If they had the chance to practice once or twice the outcome of the races would most probably have been different.

All together the event was loads of adrenaline filled fun with great music and even better company. The South African riders along with our riders all want to make this an annual event. I personally hope and pray that they do make this a yearly event, the fun we all had was beyond comprehension.

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