UGANDA has for the first time ever sent a team of three riders to the World Junior Motocross championships set to be held in Bucharest, Romania.
The world championships are slated for this weekend 7th-9th July,2023.
While seeing off the team at Entebbe International Airport, Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda deputy vice president of Motorcycling, Kisitu Mayanja applauded parents for all sacrifices they give in to have their kids race.
” We glad to have a team to the world motocross championships for the first time ever,” said a beaming Mayanja.
Mayanja added; “It’s unfortunate, we missed out on the services Larry Ssekamwa on team due to Visa challenges, but am confident the team going will raise our flag high.”
Considering the criterion of best lap speed times, and rider CV , Uganda also misses out on the services of Waleed Omar and Aron Orland in the 125CC, who missed on the travel team to Romania due to logistics and Nationality issues respectively.
“Am grateful the Federation managed to facilitate the team with FIM licences payment, bike hiring, air tickets, team jerseys plus accommodation, and hiring an event mechanic,” explained Mayanja.
Chief de mission, George Ssemakula, explained that the trio will first be tested in qualifying rounds, with only 40 riders to qualify in 65 CC category out of over 65 riders.
Ssemakula added that the qualifiers for 85 and 125 CC classes just as for 65 will be on Friday and Saturday, final race on Sunday.
Meanwhile, all Ugandan riders have retained their local race numbers plates a significant recognition for their abilities by the world body,FIM( Federation International Motocyclisme).
Jonathan will ride on bike number 19, Miguel will be on 199, and Ssebuguzi will ride on bike 16.
Jonathan Katende Ssemakula, Uganda’s number two in the 65 CC category says; their main target is first to qualify, then see how they feature the main race.
Miguel Katende, Africa’s number two in the 65 class, prayed they traveled safely to Romania, qualify, and will settle their scores at the battle line.
Gift Tabula Ssebuguzi, Africa’s number one 85CC, says; He is privileged to be part of the Ugandan team for world championships and hopes to raise the country flag high in Romania.
The team is expected back in the country on 11th July, 2023.
Published by: Frank Kaheesi FMU Media
Picture Caption: Fmu Dvp Motocycling, Kisitu Mayanja(L) see off team at Entebbe Airport
Photography by: Innocent Mutaawe