SA ready for Africa Motocross
YOUNG RIDERS: The Africa Motocross of African Nations will take place this weekend in Gauteng. The 15 riders above represent the MX50, 65, 85 and 125 Classes and are all between the ages of 5-17. Images: Motorsport SA
Author: Peter Burroughes
International motocross will return to South Africa with the 2013 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Continental Championship, which will be held at the Syringa Park circuit in Gauteng on Saturday and Sunday (Aug 31/Sept 1).
This event, which will be contested by more than 110 riders from five nations in three Junior classes (MX50, MX65 and MX Lites) and three Senior classes (MX125, MX2 and MX1) plus ladies' and vets classes, will be hosted by Motorsport SA and organised by the Syringa Motocross Club.
CREAM OF THE CROP
The Africa Motocross of African Nations will bring together the continent’s best motocross riders at the spectacular and well-known Syringa circuit near Muldersdrift and provide local motocross fans with a unique opportunity to watch top-class riding in a great family environment.
Many former National champions will be in action, among them all the current leaders of the various local class championships and the cream of SA’s up-and-coming talent.
Saturday (Aug 31) has been set aside for two official practice sessions and a riders' briefing with the first session getting under way at 8am and the final session due to end at around 4.30pm. Sunday’s programme will begin with free practice and start practice at 6.30am and racing will start at 8.30am.
There will be three heats per class with the final race due to end at about 4.20pm. This will be followed by prize-giving at around 6.30pm.
A 23-strong official South African team will compete in six of the seven classes – the exception is the ladies' class – against teams from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Botswana.
The SA contingent, official team and independent riders – totalling 38 - will be the largest of all the nations and include 2000 MX125cc World champion and four-times American AMA champion Grant Langston.
The Zimbabwe and Zambia contingents both number 20 riders; there will be 16 from Uganda, nine from Kenya and eight from Botswana.