NAIROBI, Kenya, August 28- Babu Muturi and Sean Pelling have been named Kenya team captains for the FIM Africa Cross-Country Motorcycle and Quad Challenge slated for Delamere Estate’s Soysambu Conservancy in mid October.
The Chairman of Motorcycle Commission Anthony Nielsen while making the announcement said the two riders have been into off-road racing and should provide the much needed leadership to the riders.
“Pelling has been the national Champion for Enduro and it will be exciting to see him compete at the highest level,” Nielsen, who is also the Chairman of the Organising Committee, added.
He added the Kenya team would be launched next week stating, “We are sending out an appeal for sponsorship because none have come on board so far. But it’s encouraging that after the transition at KMSF things will be okay,” said Nielsen.
Kenya will be entering a team of 30 riders including series leader Shivam Vinayak (Kawasaki 450), the Mugos-Charles (Honda 450) and Moses (KTM525). Riders will also use the fourth and last round of the September 3 and 4 Ganatra Cross Country Challenge in Masinga Dam to shape up for the Continental event.
“The rules have changed to some extent since we staged this event in 2004. During that time, they didn’t allow riders to see the route prior but this time round every rider will have to take a familiarisation practice lap to see how the route looks like due to safety reasons,” said Nielsen.
As far as navigation is concerned, there is a lot in store. “The route will be marked up as stipulated by FIM competition rules. We also have danger signs strategically positioned so riders will have to look out for tapes to stay on course,” said Nielsen.