To end off the racing season the Gallina Motocross Club decided to end it with a bang.
For the last race they decided to once again reach out to South Africa, as well as to Botswana to try and organize ons huge final race. We as the riders were more than extatic when we heard that 10 riders were coming from South Africa and 2 from Botswana. It’s always exciting to race against new competitors, it makes all of the riders race with renewed vigour.
One of the riders from Botswana, Ross, is one of the African Motocross Champions. On the practice laps he already broke the record lap time. The race between the A class riders was something to behold. At the end of the day Ross won 1st place and our own champion got 2nd and a South African rider got 3rd place.
In my riding class we had 2 additional riders from South Africa, they performed quite well, finishing 3rd and 6th. I managed to finish 4th, barely snatching up that 3rd position. No worries, next year I’ll came back swinging.
All in all the last event of the season was a heap load of fun, there were tons of people and it was a huge turnout.
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.
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.
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.