By Lydia Nandutu
The FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations championship FIM MXOAN, held at Victoria RaceWay track in Garuga, Uganda, this past weekend saw South Africa defend its title as the continent’s champion.
It was a battle of nations like no other with South Africa flexing their muscles to the fullest at the FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Championship.
At the FIM Africa Motocross of Nations Championship, it was a contest of nations unlike any other, with South Africa showing off its strongest side.
The two day continental championship ended with the South African team winning this event with 653 points beating Zambians with only one point (654 points).
Uganda landed a few upper cuts (578 points) in the tussle for supremacy and Kenya fourth with 346 points.
After the dust settled and points counted Uganda sits at a respectable 3rd in the Championship proving we are a force to be reckoned with and I can proudly say Team Uganda did an outstanding job.
Uganda had a master class from Gift Sebuguzi in the MX85, who is now the African Champion.
Gift Ssebuguzi’s relentless pursuit of his South African rival Ronald Graven on bike number 11 pays off when Graven brutally crashes, giving Ssebuguzi the lead and ending MX85 heat 3 in third place.
After earning a total of 57 points, Gift Sebuguzi, the son of Ronald Ssebuguzi (the three-time National Rally Champion), wins the African MX85 championship.
Honorable James Akena gained important points in the MX Masters, where he finished second overall in the Championship.
Despite competing in a highly competitive MX65, Miguel Katende managed to finish second overall.
Larry Ssekamwa finished the MX50 in an excellent third place.
Alestair Blick, the captain of team Uganda, fought hard to secure a third-place result.
Ugandan female competitors did a terrific job earning points in the Women in Motocross competition. We had four soldiers: Shadia Katete, Healga Kugonza, Shamillah Katete, and Shariffah Katete.
A very good rider in the MX125 class named Kylan Wakesa had a great run and was on track to finish in the top three in the championship until he fell. Nevertheless, he demonstrated Uganda’s superiority in this category.
Fatuh Kigunddu finished the day second overall in Africa in the MX2.
Overall, team Uganda is a well-balanced team that has proven they are competitive.
The FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations Championship is one of the few motorcycle events recognised as a “Team” event, where the points of the official riders are tallied to determine who the winning African Nation will be for that particular year.
Botswana,South Africa, Morocco, Tanzania, Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe and the host Uganda all participated in this year’s event.
The 2023 edition of FIM Motocross of African Nations championship will be hosted by South Africa.
A big congratulations to all teams in general!