NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28- Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) on Wednesday officially released the list of 12 riders to represent the country at Sunday’s regional motocross extravaganza set for Garuga racetrack in Uganda.
Leading the Kenyan brigade for the second round of the 2011 FIM Africa Central Africa Motocross Challenge are reigning MX1 national champion and series leader Shivam Vinayak and former MX85 titleholder Tutu Maina now riding in the MX2 class.
Shivam is also the reigning FIM Central African motocross winner as well as the Kenyan cross-country motorcycle champion.
For Shivam, the Kampala tour serves as a dress rehearsal ahead of FIM Africa Cross Country Team Championship which Kenya will host at the scenic Soysambu Conservancy on the weekend of October 14 -15.
Apollo Mbuki, who has cleared the ground with all his MX85 class opponents this season, has also made the Kenya team and so are fast rising Kihara siblings- Dekker (MX50) and Rolf (MX65).
Kenya’s biggest representation is at MX 85 class with which five riders have been entered. They are Githuku Mungai (KTM), Rohan Gandhi (KTM), Masalule Kituyi (KTM), Apollo Mbuki (KTM) and Muthandi Wanjigi (KTM).
Kenya’s Team Manager Dr Sunil Vinayak said the team leaves for Kampala on Friday. He said preparations are in top gear for the team following a series of practice sessions at the Jamhuri Park.
“The track in Kampala is more or less the same with the one we use in Kenya. All the riders have been to Uganda and are well aware of the conditions expected. Garuga track has hard compact surface which similar to what we have at Jamhuri,” he stated.
“Despite being a small team, all the boys are in good spirits and we expect them to dominate individual positions,” Vinayak added.
Kenya are the defending champions after winning the first round at Nairobi’s Jamhuri Park on March 6.
Among officials accompanying the Kenya team include FIM Africa Vice President (Environment) Maina Muturi who is the event’s Jury President and Sheryl Kibaki -the foreign jury member.
MX1: Shivam Vinayak (Yamaha 450)
MX2: Tutu Maina (KTM)
MX125: Mwai Kibaki Jnr (KTM) and Adil Khan (KTM)
MX85: Githuku Mungai (KTM), Masalule Kituyi (KTM), Apollo Mbuki (KTM), Rohan Gandhi (KTM) and Muthandi Wanjigi (KTM).
MX65: Rolf Kihara (KTM)
MX50: Dekker Kihara (KTM) and Maina Wanjigi (KTM)