Motocross of African Nations Championship postponed due to COVID-19

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By Edward Tumusiime

The Motocross of African Nations which was to be hosted by Uganda from 6th – 8th August 2021, at the Victoria RaceWay Park in Garuga has been postponed.

The continental Championship was first slated for 2020 and postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic that swept across the globe has once again been postponed following a 42-day lockdown in the country.

The Notice that confirmed the postponement was issued by the President of FIM Africa Marco Comana which read;

“ Dear FMN’s, Due to the 42 day lockdown recently imposed in Uganda, which ends approximately a week before the start of the 2021 MXOAN, the FIM Africa Council in consultation with the MX Working Group have agreed to postpone the event to a later date.

We hope that by postponing to a later date, it will not only assist the organisers with their planning, but that more importantly the ‘wave’ they are currently experiencing will have passed.

A new date will be communicated to all FMN’s in the due course”.

Countries including Zambia and Botswana had already confirmed their participation in the Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) Championship with each country already having a team of 30 registered riders to compete in the Championship.

The teams together with their bikes were to privately jet into the country on the 4th of August, 2021 as per their communication to the organizers.

After putting up a great performance in the round 4 of the Kenya National Motocross Championship on 30th May, the Katende brothers again participated in the round 5 of the Kenya National Motor Championship in the preparation of the postponed tournament.

Jerome Mubiru participated in the MX85 while Ally Kimera, Ashram Makumbi, Miguel Katende, Jonathan Katende and Jamairah Makumbi participated in the MX65

The Tournament took place over the weekend. Results;

MX85

Jerome Mubiru  was 8th in heat one, then 7th in heat two, 8th in heat three and overall Jerome was 8th in Mx85

MX65

Ally Kimera was 7th in heat one, 8th in heat two and he didn’t finish the third heat.

Due that DNF, Kimera finished 13th overall in MX65

Ashram Makumbi was 14th in heat one, 13th in heat two, 12th  in heat three making him finish 12th overall.

Miguel Katende was second place in heat one, then finished in the first position in the second and third heat making him to finish in the first position overall.

Jonathan Katende was 4th in the first heat, 4th in the second and third heat, finishing second overall.

Jamairah Makumbi was 11th in the first heat, 12th in the second heat and 10th in the third heat, finishing 11 overall

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