Kenyan riders out to close the gap on neighbours Uganda in FIM Africa CAC Motocross Challenge Cup

MOTORSPORTS Kenyan riders out to close the gap on neighbours Uganda in FIM Africa CAC Motocross Challenge Cup

Joel Omotto 14:25 - 06.12.2023

Kenyan riders will be out to avoid an upset at home as Ugandan riders carry the advantage heading into the FIM Africa Central African Motocross Challenge Cup in Nairobi this weekend

Jamhuri Mx Racetrack, Nairobi will be the venue for some hair-raising thrills when Kenyan riders take on their Ugandan counterparts in the second round of the FIM Africa Central African Challenge (CAC) Motocross Challenge Cup this weekend.

Having lost to Uganda in the opening round earlier in the year, hosts Kenya will be looking to utilise their home advantage in the season-closing regional motocross extravaganza.

CAC Round 2 promises to be a spectacular showcase of talent, with some of the finest motocross riders from across the region competing for top honours where high-speed racing, breathtaking jumps, and heart-stopping turns will captivate the audience.

Standout riders to watch from Team Kenya MX50 squad include Armani Amani, Jyaden Weru and Uhrie Yongo.

In the MX65 category, Kenya will peg it's hopes on the likes of Kigen Mutuma, Mathenge Kamundia and Dylan Hatanga. Lewis Ogonyi, Wahome Mutahi and Atete Benzinge are the notable names for Kenya in MX Lites class.

MX 125 has the usual suspects in Neo Wahome and Tanav Choda, while in MX 1 seasoned riders Apollo Mbuki, Walter Kuria and Alex Kandie should be the toast of the Kenyan outfit.

On the Ugandan side, spectators should keep an eye on Jude Musede, Jamairah Makumbi, Faith Deedan in MX50, Jonathan Katende, Isaac Mitima and Ramadhan Mubiru in the MX65 class.

MX Lites' Ugandan team has Tabula Malcom Gig, Jerome Mubiru and Ron Young while in the MX 125, they have Apolo Milton Obote Akaki, Waleed Ali Omar and Jeremiah Mawanda.

Uganda's MX 2 outfit has Jordan Mukiibi and Sharifah Kateete while in the MX 1, they have Isima Mukiibi, Fatuh Kiggundu and Fortune Ssentamu. In the MX Vets, the neighbours have entered veteran Ashraf Mbabazi.

The exhilarating sport synonymous with dedication and skill, will take centre stage as the Motorcycle Sports Federation of Kenya (MSFK) collaborates with the East African Motor Sports Club to host the prestigious FIM Africa regional return leg series.

Following the success of Round 1 at the Busiika racetrack in Uganda on April 8 and 9, this weekend's event is set to showcase the thrilling competition among over 50 Kenyan motocross riders, as many Ugandans and 10 from Tanzania.

The competition is open to FIM member countries in the region and promises some thrills and spills.

Uganda took the lead in the first round, and delivered a remarkable performance on their home ground, securing a substantial lead with a total of 1,643 points, leaving Kenya in second place with 408 points.

The upcoming second round becomes crucial for Kenya to close the gap, especially considering the challenges faced during the initial round, where they could not field as many riders in Busika due to inadequate financial support.

In contrast, Uganda boasts a robust representation, thanks to the full backing that FMU receives from their government.

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