ENTEBBE, June 23 – Kenyan riders captained by Shivam Vinayak swept the boards as the East Africa Motorcross championship came to a dramatic close at Garuga racetrack in Entebbe on Sunday.,
The regional extravaganza, which is usually a prelude to the annual AMU Championship, however saw Uganda run away with the overall crown due to their high number of entrants.
The hosts amassed 875 points against Kenya’s 524 points but had to contend with the blistering pace of the Kenyans who are currently the Africa Champions in the team category.
Kenyans were dominant in the 50cc which they beat their neighbours 111-30 on team honours, but narrowly lost 141-131 in the 65cc.
Riding a Yamaha 250 four-stroke bike, Vinayak in won the 125 cc with a flawless score of 60 points after clinching all the three heats at stake. He was followed by Jack Evans of Uganda on 51.
Kenyans, however, struggled in the open class category with Ugandan Captain Assaf Nathan carrying the day. Moses Mugo (KTM 525) was 4th overall with 41 while 2006 Enduro Champion Harry Guelker (KTM 525) came home fifth overall.
Kenya young riders were however unstoppable with Walter Kuria (KTM 50) and Murigu Njiiri claiming a 1-2 finish ahead of Uganda’s Alistair Blick. Eugine Maina (60points) who is lying second overall in the Kenya series also led compatriot Apollo Mbuki (on 52) to a 1-2 podium finish.
Ken Anunda was the biggest achiever in Uganda after beating reigning Kenya Champion Tutu Maina to second in the 85cc class. Davide Berandi of Kenya had to however contend with 5th overall behind Ugandans Talla Kinggundu and Nathalie Van Pee.
The event drew a huge crowd of over 7000 spectators as the Ugandans again demonstrated their unparalleled enthusiasm of motorsports.
The racetrack was also a welcome relief to Kenyans after having a varied feel of immense hairpin bends and dust in contrast to the Jamhuri track.