MX Racing in Namibia, Africa, Part II
Gallina Moto Cross Park
Thousands of spectators flocked to the racetrack outside of the capital Windhoek in Namibia, Africa
At the “Tafel Lager/Pepsi Dash for Cash” event, Daniel Siegl proved his desire to become the “Open Namibian Champion”. Daniel won the first heat ahead of countryman Dennis SchrÃ¶ter, Dane Jacob Almar and Dutchman Erwin Robins.
In the second heat, Erwin Robins was in the lead early on. Then Almar took over the lead for the next couple of rounds while Aigar Leok ploughed his way through the field of riders. Few laps later, Almar crashed and Leok, Siegl and SchrÃƒÂ¶ter went by. Leok won ahead of Siegl and SchrÃƒÂ¶ter.
In the third heat, Daniel Siegl was chased by Dennis SchrÃƒÂ¶ter, with Erwin Robins next. On the last lap Erwin closed the gap before the “whoops” and then went past SchrÃƒÂ¶ter, and finished second behind winner Daniel Siegl.
Results Open Class
1. Daniel Siegl, GER, Zenner Meters, Yamaha, 72 points
2. Dennis SchrÃƒÂ¶ter, GER, Zenner Meters, KTM, 62
3. Jacob Almar, DK, Bar One-Team, Yamaha, 58
4. Warren Thorne, ZIM, Stannic-Team, KTM, 52
5. Reiner Becker, NAM, “last minute-team”, onda, 48
6. Markus Alden, SWE, E.L.Sea Products-Team, KTM, 44
7. Aigar Leok, Estonia, MILO-Team, KTM, 43
8. Erwin Robins, NL, FNB-Team, Yamaha, 41
9. Ingo Waldschmidt, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Yamaha, 41
10. Thomas Rang, GER, Zenner Meters, Honda, 38
Overall winner of the Series and “Open Namibian Champion” is Daniel Siegl (139 points) ahead of his countryman Dennis SchrÃƒÂ¶ter (119) and Dane Jacob Almar (116).
In the 125cc Class, it was Ross Branch who took the honors, winning both heats. Germany’s KTM Team Manager Bodo Schmidt has invited him to race in Germany in 2003.
Results 125cc Class
1. Ross Branch, Botswana, OBECO-Team, KTM, 68 points
2. Daniel Huser, SUI, Radiowave 96.7-Team, Yamaha, 52
3. Arno Engels, NAM, “last minute-team”, Yamaha, 48
4. Christian Lechner, GER, NPI-Team, Husaberg, 47
5. Uwe Sternagel, NAM, Quality Tyres-team, Honda, 43
The Masters-Class was won by German Klaus Meyer who participated “just for fun”. You could tell from his “Whips” that he enjoyed himself at Gallina.
Results Masters Class
1. Klaus Meyer, GER, PLAY FMX-Team, Honda, 50 points
2. Beau White, SA, JB Cooling-Team, Yamaha, 49
3. Dale Holliday, ZIM, Stannic-Team, Yamaha, 43
4. Eckhard Waldschmidt, NAM, Shell Team, Honda, 39
5. Andreas Brendel, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Honda, 37
The 65 & 85 Classes were started together. 65cc – The Namibian BjÃƒÂ¶rn Bierbrauer could win once more over his old rival Kai Pritzen and at the same time he secured the Namibian Championship. Dominique Thury from Germany finished in third. 85cc – Brannigan Wise had to swallow defeat in his first outing and than never looked back, winning this Class in style. Behind Wise there was a tough battle going on between the Germans Hannes Ackermann and Maria Franke while Philipp Hahn lost dearly through a mechanical failure in heat three.
Results 65cc Class
1. BjÃƒÂ¶rn Bierbrauer, NAM, E.L.Sea Products-Team, KTM, 72
2. Kai Pritzen, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Kawasaki, 69
3. Dominique Thury, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 60
4. Heiko Itzko, NAM, Kawasaki, 57
5. Ian Dykes, Botswana, OBECO-Team, KTM, 53
Results 85cc Class
1. Brannigan Wise, NAM, Motorcycle Centre, Kawasaki, 72 points
2. Hannes Ackermann, GER, PLAY FMX-Team, Kawasaki, 61
3. Maria Franke, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 59
4. Alexander Howard, NAM, Seasonaire, Yamaha, 55
Tyrone Watkins, Zambia, LIC-Team, Yamaha, 52
50cc Juniors Class – Tristan MÃƒÂ¼ller, Eric Garbers, and Pauli Loots.
80cc Juniors Class – Erhard Pajewski, Jaco Loots and Daniel Pajewski.
Clubmen’s Class. Namibia’s Siegfried, Angolan Jose Teixeira and Namibian JÃƒÂ¼rgen Brendel.
Quad Class – Duan Spangenberg, Cavin Collinyton and Namibian Emil DÃƒÂ¶rgeloh.
Part I – October 28
Introduction to MX in Namibia (Quick, get out your Atlas!)
Namibia is in the southwestern part of Africa. It is a fascinating country. It’s a big country with a very small population (1.6 million) scattered all over. Lots of sunshine, sparsely vegetated mountains, endless desert dunes, rocky plains …. that is how “in-flight-magazines” would describe beautiful Namibia.
But there is more …. a country with one of the last indigineous tribes living in Kaokoland region, huge populations of rhinos grazing in the savannah of Etosha Nationalpark, desert elephant roaming Damaraland, and of course, now there is …. Moto Cross!
The Windhuk Moto Cross Club annually stages the biggest international Moto Cross Series on the African continent. It began modestly in the 1980’s, with invite-riders from South Africa like Greg Albertyn, Rob Herring, Paul Cooper and Collin Dugmore. It’s grown into being quite a formidable event.
It all began with an idea. An idea by Bernd Kroemer. After a long, exhausting season he wished that riders from all over the world gather for a final meeting, without any pressure, under the sun of Africa. Money is rare in this part of the world but the WMCC offers the best hospitatlity available. Add a racetrack, the Gallina Moto Cross Park, second to none in the whole of Africa. And that is why riders that came here once, will always come back.
1. Daniel Siegl, GER, Zenner Meters, Yamaha, 67 points
2. Aigar Leok, Estonia, MILO-Team, KTM, 62
3. Erwin Robins, NL, FNB-Dutch Team, Yamaha, 61
4. Jacob Almar, DK, Bar One-Team, Yamaha, 58
5. Dennis SchrÃƒÂ¶ter, GER, Zenner Meters, KTM, 57
6. Warren Thorne, ZIM, Stannic Team, KTM 49
7. Reiner becker, NAM, last-minute Team, Honda, 45
8. Ingo Waldschmidt, NAM, Hartkor Fakker Team, Yamaha, 35
9. Boyd Karsmakers, NL, Power Parts/Baumann & Meyer, 34
10. Wolfgang Rohe, NAM, Yamaha, 34
1. Ross Branch, Botswana, OBECO-Team, KTM, 66 points
2. Daniel Huser, SUI, Radiowave 96.7-Team, Suzuki, 56
3. Steffen Albrecht, GER, NPI-Team, Yamaha, 51
4. Arno Engels, NAM, last minute-Team, Yamaha, 49
5. Dale Holliday, ZIM, Stannic-Team, Yamaha, 36
1. Uwe Sternagel, NAM, Honda, 75 points maximum
2. Tommie Gous, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Yamaha, 64
3. Philipp Hahn, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 62
4. Maria Franke, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 55
5. Alexander Howard, NAM, Yamaha, 51
1. BjÃƒÂ¶rn Bierbrauer, NAM, KTM, 75 points maximum
2. Kai Pritzen, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Kawasaki, 66
3. Barry van Blerk, ZAM, LIC-team, Kawasaki, 59
4. Dominique Thury, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 57
5. Heiko Itzko, NAM, Kawasaki, 55
1. Beau White, SA, JB Cooling Team, Yamaha, 51 points
2. Klaus Meyer, GER, Zenner Meters, Honda, 50
3. Dale Holliday, ZIM, Stannic Team, Yamaha, 44
4. Eckhard waldschmidt, NAM, Shell-Honda, 42
5. John Abbott, Australia, Yamaha, 37
1. Carlos Soweto da Silva Neto, Angola, ADCON Team, Yamaha, 59
2. Siegfried Pack, NAM, Honda, 50
3. Olaf Pack, NAM, Suzuki, 40
50cc Juniors Class
1. Eric Garbers, NAM, KTM, 72 points
2. Tristan MÃƒÂ¼ller, NAM, KTM, 69
3. Pauli Loots, NAM, KTM, 60
80cc Juniors Class
1. Erhard Pajewski, NAM, KTM, 75 points maximum.
2. Caleb Tennant, SA, JB Colling, Kawasaki, 66
3. Jaco Loots, NAM, KTM, 60
Thanks to Bernd Kroemer
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