, NAIROBI, September 9 – Reigning champion Tom Porter maintained his spirited defence of the Open class title at Jamhuri Park last weekend winning all three heats at stake to stay atop the national championship series with 300-points.
The Yamaha 450cc four -stroke rider became the first rider to attain the 300-mark after a flawless score in five rounds. Behind Porter was Charles Mugo (Honda) who beat his father Moses Mugo (KTM 525) to third overall.
Young rider Ivan Guya (KTM 65) also lived up to expectation with a maximum points score when he eclipsed Apollo Mbuki (KTM 65) and Eugene Maina to second and third respectively.
The real battle however was in the 85cc class where brothers Tutu Maina (KTM 85) and Cruze Muigai (Yamaha 85) fought out a bruising battle with Turu prevailinge after recovering from the second heat loss. “I obviously want to win in the next round and I will push harder,” Muigai said as he plots his next course of action.
The 85cc, unlike in the past years is what has riveted fans to their seats. Tutu has won three rounds while Cruze has won two. But Tutu had to contend with playing second fiddle to Cruze who consolidated his lead in the championship with 276points.
Tutu, on the other hand, remained second overall in the table with 256points. Behind the two was also a fierce battle pitting former 65cc champion Davide Bernardi (KTM) and Ken Anunda (Honda). Davide came home third followed by Anunda.
The sixth round of the Motocross series is slated for September 20-21 organized at Jamhuri Park. It will also double up as the second and final round of the East Africa Motorcycle Union (AMU) featuring riders from Kenya Uganda and Tanzania.
The regional extravaganza, usually a prelude to the annual AMU Championship, saw Uganda run away with the overall crown due to high entries place in their favour.
Uganda amassed 875 points against Kenya ‘s 524 points but had to contend with the blistering pace of the Kenyans who currently are the Africa Champions in the team category.
Entries were excellent and the race was attended by a big crowd of approximately 7000 spectators which was typical of Uganda’s enthusiasm in motor-driven sports.