BY SAMSON ATEKA
MX1 leader and captain Ivan Guya believes Kenya team riders have the potential to perform well in the FIM Africa Motocross Championship in Mindolo Dam, Kitwe, Zambia this weekend. Guya will be riding a KTM 250 2stroke bike.
The Nairobi-based rider who leads the Kenya National Motocross Championship MX1 class with 266 points, says the 13 member team will be spurred on by tactics they have gained during rigorous practice sessions at Jamhuri Park under the tutelage of a professional coach from Germany.
“It is really exciting for us that we shall be taking our riding skills to a different level; over and above challenging the cream of Africa’s competitors. We will give it our best shot, so thrills and spills are guaranteed from us,” said Guya.
Kenya will have the Geneva-based Masalule Kituyi in the MX125 on a KTM. Jet Takkunen (KTM50) is the only rider entered in the MX50. In the MX65 Kenya will field Dekker Kihara (KTM) and Maina Wanjigi (KTM).
In the MX85 class are current leader Elias Sherman (KTM), Rolf Kihara (KTM) and Ethan Nyachae (KTM). Also in the MX125 will be Samir Anwar (Yamaha). Anwar led the national series up to the sixth round.
The MX 2 class has Rohan Gandhi and Apollo Mbuki all expected to cruise in Honda 250cc motorbikes. Samir Sherman and Ivan Guya will do duty for Kenya in MX1 class.
Sherman currently lies third overall in the National MX series. Notable absentee is Tutu Maina. Eight countries –Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and hosts Zambia are expected.
Team Kenya departs intoZambia in two batches this week. The first batch leaves tomorrow while the second group jets off on Thursday. The Kenyan team will fly directly to Ndola, Zambia aboard a Kenya Airways plane then travel 76km by road to the competition venue in Kitwe.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke