Ugandans reclaim FIM Africa regional title

By samson ateka
Dec 12, 2016

Loud ululations from anxious spectators rent the air as Team Uganda wrestled the coveted team title from perennial rivals and hosts Kenya.

The visitors closed the regional piki season in emphatic fashion beating Kenya by 1957-1917 points to recapture the trophy they lost last season.

Kenya trailed Uganda 699-2375 in the first round held at Garuga racetrack in Entebbe earlier in the year but failed to amass the much-needed points to cancel the deficit despite beating the visitors 1218-582 in the return leg which culminated at Jamhuri Park track on Sunday.

Such was the gusto and that punctuated the curtain-closing 2016 FIM Central Africa Challenge Motocross at Jamhuri Park racetrack.

Takkunnen siblings Jayden and Jet rode their KTM machines with zeal and vigor to hand Kenya wins in the MX50 and MX65 respectively. Alon Orland of Uganda came in second in MX50 with Tanav Choda of Kenya completing the podium dash.

Dekker Kihara who is a former MX50 champion and Nandi Kiplagat cruised to second and third in MX65 completing an emphatic Kenyan clean sweep.

But the Orland brothers Aviv and Stav made up for Alon’s undoing in MX50 as they rode to a scintillating 1-2 Ugandan finish in MX85 ahead of Christian Chege of Kenya as Fortune Ssentamu of Team UG finished fifth.

Family affair

Barrack Orland who is the father of Stav, Alon and Aviv brothers emerged the winner in the Veterans and Masters category beating beating compatriot Mbambasi Ashiraf and home oldie Moses Mugo to the podium tussle.

The Orlands are no strangers to Kenyan race circuit having already taken some impressive scalps as guest riders earlier in the season.

Ugandan captain Maxime Van Pee riding a 2017 model of KTM sfx machine collected maximum points against a hard-charging Tutu Maina of Kenya with his brother Olivier Van Pee settling for third.

Maina who is a former Kenya and East African champion won the first heat with Maxime claiming the last two.

The WMX-Ladies class saw Nandi Kiplagat emerge the winner on 60 points with Mali Nyachae of Kenya taking the second spot on 51 whilst Shadia Katete of Uganda returned third on 15 points.

Team Uganda took an early lead in the 2016 FIM Africa central Africa motocross challenge after a dominant show in the first round at Garuga race track.

Final Team standings for 2016

Uganda 1957, Kenya 1917.

Round 2 Podium Results-December 11-12, Nairobi

MX 50: 1. Jayden Takkunnen (Kenya) 60, 2. Alon Orland (Uganda) 51, 3. Tanav Choda (Kenya) 45.

MX65: 1. Jet Takkunnen (Kenya) 60, 2. Dekker Kihara (Kenya) 49, 3. Nandi Kiplagat (Kenya) 47.

MX85: 1. Aviv Orland (Uganda) 60, 2. Stab Orland (Uganda) 49, 3. Christian Chege (Kenya) 43.

WMX-Ladies: 1. Nandi Kiplagat (Kenya) 60, 2. Mali Nyachae (Kenya) 51, 3. Shadia Katete (Uganda) 15.

VMX-Veterans and Masters: 1. Barrack Orland (Uganda) 60, 2. Mbambazi Ashiraf (Uganda) 51, 3. Moses Mugo (Kenya) 45.

MX125: 1. Orobia Malungu (Kenya) 54, 2. Rolf Kihara (Kenya) 53, 3. Kiprop Kandie (Kenya) 47.

MX2: 1. Elias Sherman (Kenya) 60, 2. Walter Kuria (Kenya) 51, 3. Ray Kariuki (Kenya 46.