The best riders
MX50cc Peewee – Pascar Kasozi 57
MX50cc Senior – Gift Ssebuguzi 60
MX50cc Ladies – Isabella Blick 60
MX65cc – Alon Orland 60
MX85cc – Stav Orland 60
MX2 – Rolf Kihara (Ken) 60
MX1 – Olivier Van Pee 60
KAMPALA. Team Uganda used numerical advantage to the maximum and dominated rivals Kenya during the first leg of the Mountain Dew FIM Central Africa Motocross Championship at the Uganda Sports Arena Busiika on Easter Sunday.
Parading over 50 riders to Kenya’s who were less than 10, Uganda will go into the second leg in Nairobi at the end of the year strong favourites to retain the regional title for the fourth year running.
However Arthur Blick Jr, the 10-time national MX champion, downplayed the numerical advantage. “The event has two legs and I’m sure that in Nairobi, the Kenyans will be at full strength as well. Mind you, last year we went with very few riders to Kenya but we won,” the veteran rider who finished second in MX1 explained.
The numerical edge aside, there were notable performance by Ugandan riders notably Gift Ssebuguzi (MX50) and Alon Orland (MX65).
The reigning regional champions put up displays that underlined why they are ready to defend the titles they won last year in the Kenyan capital.
The two along with Stav and Aviv Orland as well as Olivier van Pee were the only riders to win all their three heats over the weekend.
For Ssebuguzi, the last seven years have been a meteoric rise like no other. And since joining the sport in 2015, his father Ronald (Ssebuguzi), a three-time national Rally champion is over the moon with the transformation his son has undergone.
“Winning the regional title (MX50) last year was big and this season he has won all the six heats he has competed in at Garuga and Busiika,” the burly driver said at Busiika.
“Our next step is to secure sponsorship for him that will develop his career further.”
The event which, was well attended, was sponsored by Mountain Dew, Shell Advance, Cherish Hospital, Lato Milk and Luga Properties.