Nielsen steers Kenya to second place at FIM Cross Country in Zambia

By samson ateka
Apr 08, 2021
  • Kenya will riders to first round of the FIM Africa Central Africa Challenge to be held in Kampala, Uganda on April 19-20. (SNA File Photo)

Anthony Nielsen, a two-time Kenya Motor Personality of the Year steered a four-man Kenya team to a second place at the FIM Africa Cross Country championship which ended in Siouvong, Zambia at the weekend.

This was Kenya’s best performance in the competition which attracted top riders from six African countries. Such was the passion by the riders that theye recorded a podium finish in the B2 class!

Speaking from the competition venue, Nielsen who started racing as a toddler remarked that the historic achievement by the gallant team of four had not sunk in yet.

"This was by far the strongest team Kenya has ever paraded and now we have been recognized all over Africa. We have proved that we can ride as well as perform," Nielsen, who became the first Kenyan to score points in a round of the FIM World Motocross series in Sun City, South Africa commented.

Brian Cocker of Zimbabwe emerged the winner in the individual class whilst the Kenyan duo of Nielsen and Alan de Boer sealed the podium dash with zest and vigor. Shaun Miller and Ross Field, Kenya’s other settled for eighth and 13th positions.

Alan de Boer, who is the youngest member of the Kenyan team at 26 savored a go at another FIM Africa event after racing alongside Nielsen at last year's event in Botswana.

Each rider had a different machine. Alan de Boer rode a KTM 450cc, Miller had a Husaberg 250cc two-stroke, Nielsen a Husaberg 450 and Ross a Husqvarna 350cc.

Searing temperatures

Despite the searing temperatures, the Kenyans rode their hearts out. "It was a very tough event, well organized but we all suffered due to the blistering heat. I must really congratulate Anne Troughton and Abigail Gustafson for looking after and managing the Kenya team well. Big thanks to our sponsors Cimbria East Africa," said Nielsen.

Alan de Boer and Nielsen are using several off-road events across the African continent to prepare for their "fairy tale" participation next year’s Dakar Rally.

The FIM Africa event attracted 85 riders from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Congo DRC also incorporating the first round of the Southern Off Road Championship.

This competition was open to all riders and teams from FIM Africa member countries and who are eligible to score points in the FIM AFRICA Cross Country Team Championship.

Maina Muturi, the FIM Africa vice President and Chairman of the Motorcycle commission in Kenya was a proud person after Kenya's participation in Zambia. "Having prepared the team for two months, Kenyan riders have demonstrated their potential in being a force to be recognized. Kenya will put its bid to host the 2015 Africa enduro continental championship," disclosed Muturi.

The former former chairman of KMSF disclosed that Kenya will also send a strong team of riders to first round of the FIM Africa Central Africa Challenge (CAC) that will be held in Kampala, Uganda on the weekend of April 19-20. "Kenya will also be entering a team to the FIM Africa Continental Motocross Championship that will take place in Zambia in August," added Muturi.