BY SAMSON ATEKA
Bladedoc Racing Team’s David Karuri powered to victory in the second round of the SuperBike Championship before an enthusiastic crowd of spectators at Kiganjo Asphalt track.
Karuri was trim and spectacular on his riding lines and got a standing ovation from fans for vanquishing Livi Katingima and James Kariuki to a scintillating podium dash in the 1000cc finals. The 250cc winner was Alex Mumo while Paul Gichemi won the 600cc class. “I am pleased with my performance today. The bike was absolutely awesome on the course and I am excited to have brought it home in one piece,” said Karuri.
The event, sponsored by SportPesa, Techno, Radio Africa Group and Shell V-Power lived up to expectation as the ultimate test of man and machine.
Hundreds of fans, who turned out at the venue located on exit 13 off Thika Road, were treated to some exhilarating displays of racing artistry but the real thrillers were the 1000cc super bikes, which hit the top-end speeds of up to 300kph. The 7km closed track was tackled twice to make up a loop of 14kms. Prior to the afternoon of blistering pace, riders first performed a “memorable ride” round the circuit in honour of the fallen bikers over the past 12 months.
Several spectators were kept abreast of race proceedings courtesy of live links by event’s official media partners Radio Africa Group through XFM who were broadcasting on the ground with an OB van. Event’s communication officer James Quest said: “The memorial lap is a gesture to remember the fallen heroes by doing a memorable ride as they would have obviously wanted to be with us.”
The Kiganjo race meeting saw the introduction of a new class in under 400cc to whip up the enthusiasm of newcomers and to shore up the existing two classes which are the 1000cc and 600cc.
The SuperBike Championship is a series of 6 races run on different closed road tracks and features 7 teams. Allan Muigai is the defending 1000cc champion, while Geoffrey Gitaka is his 600cc counterpart.
Two successful races in Industrial area and Ruiru yesterday have been staged so far.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke