KAMPALA- Uganda MX team will today leave for Nairobi, Kenya to take part in the second leg of the FIM Africa Central Africa Motocross Championship due Sunday.
Uganda won the first leg of the regional event held in Busiika in April by a slim margin of 447 points, amassing 1,353 points to Kenya’s 876.
However, the riders had concerns over competing in the second leg that will be held at Jamhuri Park, Nairobi after they had hitherto failed to get money to transport their bikes. But the team got a Shs5m boost from Vivo Energy yesterday.
Uganda’s team captain Arthur Blick Jr received the cheque from Vivo Energy Managing Director Hans Poulsen at the company’s offices yesterday.
The veteran rider vowed that his team will do whatever it takes to stretch its rather narrow lead in Nairobi despite leaving Uganda late for the championships.
Uganda had over 50 riders in Busiika, a tactic that helped them collect 1,353 points but now they have to cope with the Kenyans who might also adopt a similar tactic to help them collect more points and probably open up a valuable lead ahead of the final round that will be hosted at Garuga Race Track in December.
Meanwhile, MX1cc leader Maxime Van Pee has spent over a week practicing on the Jamhuri Park in Nairobi. Maxime leads this year’s MX1cc category with 53points, a point ahead of Kenya’s Tutu Maina. Blick is third in this category with 47points.