Branch wins first national motocross race

SHARE   |   Sunday, 20 July 2014   |   By Alpha Molatlhwe

Dumela race track in Francistown, which was recently upgraded to international standards, hosted the first national motocross race over the weekend.  The race track was unusual in that it runs in an anticlockwise format, which is different to other race tracks. It had a total of eight jumps ranging from a height of one and a half to four meters. The event which was organized by Lobelo Racing Club of Francistown attracted 20 riders ranging from five year olds and had eight categories. There were the five to nine year olds competing in the junior category, 7-11 year olds competing in the 65cc category, the MX1 and the MX 2 classes. Since this was the first Botswana organized National Motocross event, there were no qualification eligibilities and was a one day event with three heats per loop. About 400 spectators attended this motorbike spectacle.

This was not only just a motorsport event as the winners stood a chance for selection to represent the country at the Southern African Regional event in Kitwe, Zambia next month and riders were as well to be the first to score points at a locally organized event as a result of them having been competing under the Motorsport South Africa sporting body. But since Botswana got international affiliation to international sporting bodies like the F.I.M. and F.I.A., this is set to change as the country will now be in a position to organize its own races.

The winners included among others David Kidd, Ayush Hegde, Nathan Berrie and Ross Branch. However, some of them chose not to go represent the country citing reasons like not being full race ready and the need for more time to prepare for the regional event and the race went according to plan according to the organizers of the event.

The next stop in the local motorsport calendar is the Off-Road Cross Country event coming on the 26th of July still in Francistown and speaking to Lola Berrie of Lobelo Racing Club, it’s all systems go with preparations at highly advanced stages as well as registrations already open.

Full Race Results:
50cc class - 1st - Nathan Berrie
Junior quads - 1st - Amaan Parekh, 2nd - Aryan Parekh
65cc - 1st - Kosmos Mankukos, 2nd - Ayush Hegde
85cc - 1st - Joshua Goby, 2nd - Joshua Potts
MX High School - 1st - Joshua Goby, 2nd - Brady Armstrong
MX 2 - 1st - Ross Branch, 2nd - Dart Lobjoit, 3rd - Clayton Davis, 4th - Wayne Berrie, 5th - Andre Kruger and 6th - Calvin Collington
MX1 - 1st - David Kidd, 2nd - Matthew Lockhart Ross and 3rd - Sean Jackson