Kenya’s motocross team set eyes on regional title

Dec 11, 2010

Motocross riders Shivam Vinayak and Ivan Guya are optimistic of retaining respective titles when the third and last round of the Central Africa AMU Motocross Championship gets underway in Uganda on Sunday.

Unlike in previous AMUs when the event was staged at the Garuga racetrack in Entebbe,Kenyans will this time round sample a new track located in Luwero area.

Shivam is the captain the Kenya Motocross team riding a Yamaha 450 four-stroke bike at MX1 class along with Charles Mugo and his father Moses Mugo.

The Kenya team arrived on friday for the event bubbling with confidence. Go-getter Cruze ‘Control’ Muigai is still smarting from clinching the National title and teams up with his cousin Tutu Maina MX2 as well as Allan Maina.

Cruze and Tutu anticipate stiff opposition from the Ugandan team riders comprising of Maxime Van Pee, Oliver Van Pee, Jamil Kalama, Yannick Duyck, Tamale Ahmed and Jaid Kiggundu.

Carrying the country’s flag flying at MX50 is the newly crowned Kenya Champion, David Murigi, Benni Kahumbura, Jesse Waithaka, Rolf Kihara and his younger brother Dekker Kihara.

Kenya’s representation at MX65 class will, however,  make do without the services of National Champion Samir Anwar who has opted out of the trip due to family commitments.

The 65cc class flag bearers are Jeremy Waithaka, Alvin Mungai and Murigu Njiiri.

Guya leads the charge for MX85 riders and hopes to wrap up the regional extravaganza in style. He only needs a decent finish to be crowned the MX85 Central African AMU champion.

The MX85 Kenya team has fast rising Apollo Mbuki, Masalule Kituyi, Eugene Maina who is making a comeback after academic commitments and Ashley Njoroge who is the only female rider.

The first round was staged at the Garuga track in April with the second round taking place at Jamhuri on October 22-23. Kenya lost on points to Ugandans in April due to lesser numbers but avenged the defeat on home turf during the second round.