Samir Anwar has announced his retirement from motorsport after sealing the 2014 National Motocross MX125 Championship during the eighth and penultimate round staged at Jamhuri Park race track.
Samir, son of rally driver Anwar Pandya, was crowned the new MX125 champion after finishing second overall behind Ngugi Waweru. But the Year 11 student at Nairobi’s St. Austin’s Academy, however, stunned the motocross family when he announced his retirement from two-wheel racing for the lure of kick-boxing in Europe.
Samir said he needs a fresh impetus in his sporting career as he proceeds Holland’s Mike Gym where he will undergo a month-long training on kick-boxing.
Samir will now be featuring in kick boxing activities overseas and has a burning ambition to became a professional kick boxer when he turns 18.
“Time comes in life when you have to make major decisions and settle for one activity. Motocross has been a very exciting part of my lifestyle and I will surely miss every bit of it,” said Samir.
Ngugi Waweru was all smiles after winning the MX125 race ahead of the outgoing champion and admitted that he had enjoyed competing with Anwar.
“We shall surely miss Anwar,” quipped. Ngugi.
Elias Sherman also sealed the MX85 title with his eighth straight win. Sherman has won every single round this season. Apollo Mbuki registered his second straight win in MX2, beating series leader, Rohan Gandhi to a scintillating podium dash. Speedster Ivan Guya also emerged the winner in the MX1 race beating Samir Sherman and rally driver Raaji Bharij to the podium tussle. Guya, who won in the absence of Tutu Maina, now needs a paltry four points to win the championship in the season closer next month.
Like Guya, Jet Takkunen who won MX50 for the diminutives, will have to wait till the season closing race. He needs only two points to win the championship.
Maina Wanjigi won the MX65 while KTM’s Mikail Berman was victorious in the Masters and veterans class.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke