Tuesday July 22 2014

Ssentamu back among winners, Van Pee remains in pole position

Van Pee was second in the MX1 category guest Jurgen Kuppers.

Van Pee was second in the MX1 category guest Jurgen Kuppers. Photo by jb ssenkubuge. 

By Fred Musisi Kiyingi


Fortune Ssentamu and Maxime Van Pee were the only riders to score maximum points during the Nomi National MX Championship at Garuga Racing Track on Sunday.

Ssentamu, who has been out of action for nearly three months with a fractured leg, dominated the MX65cc winning all the three heats.

The win elevated him to joint second with Waled Omar. The two are tied on 225, twenty points behind leader Ben Nsumba who finished second at Garuga. But Nsumba vowed to go down fighting. “We still have three races (180 points) to fight for. I’m sure I can stay on top,” a confident Nsumba said. But Ssentamu was having none of it. “I am only 20 points behind despite missing two events. Now my focus is on events in Kenya and Zambia,” Ssentamu boasted.

Van Pee is on course for his maiden MX1 title despite being outclassed by guest rider Jurgen Kuppers. “I looked jaded but it was a good experience for us to have someone like Kuppers to chase,” he explained.
To understand how Kuppers outclassed the MX1 field, he overlapped every one save for second-placed Maxime and third-placed Arthur Blick Jr.

There is no letup in the sporting rivalry between the Alestair and Paddy Blick brothers on one side and Ali and Wazir Omar. The four clashed in the MX85cc with Ali Omar emerging the winner with 54 points to increase his lead over Alestair to 22. Alestair finished fourth in Garuga.

Mukwano Industries Ltd through their brands Nomi and Aqua Sipi mineral water were the main sponsors. Other co-sponsors included Total Uganda, IAA Health/ Resolution Health, UAP/ AON Insurance, Safe Solutions, Fotogenix and Mountain Dew.