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COVID19 LOCKDOWN DEADLOCKS MXOAN ROUND

The 42 days country covid 19 lockdown has further affected sport, with Uganda set to host the continental motocross championship asking for a postponement.

The 2021 Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) was set for August 6th-8th, 2021 at Victoria Raceway Park at Garuga.

With the 42 days lockdown, ending on 30th July, just a week before the event, organisers have already requested the continental governing body, FIM Africa to extend the event to a further date like three months later, as the covid wave settles down.

However, it is not clear whether the President will extend the lockdown at the end of 42 days.

“We are consulting with FIM Africa on a new date that will be pronounced,” said Kisitu Mayanja, FMU Vice President Motorcycling.

Mayanja who also doubles as the local jury member to the African commission explained that it is unfortunate that even sponsors are still on the fence, with none coming out openly as they target numbers at such big events.

“As a technical arm of the Federation, we have played our part, only waiting for FIM Africa to clear us,” further explained Mayanja.

Amongst other things awaiting clearance from FIM Africa, is the rule interpretation involved in the extension of the event. FIM Africa rule states, the continental event shall be held in the month of July or August every year.

Uganda was set to host the continental event in 2020 but it did not happen as covid broke out and led to the initial lockdown globally. The pandemic has continued to affect sport calendars all around the world.

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SIX UGANDAN RIDERS OUT TO COMPETE WITH KENYANS IN THEIR MX ROUND.

In a bid to keep fit, competitive Semka Racing Academy has fielded a team of four riders joined by two Uganda Lodges-sponsored riders, Kylan and Zion in the weekends sixth round of the Kenyan national motocross championship.

The two-day event is set to be held at Jamhuri Park, located on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

Amongst Ugandan riders taking part, are the katende brothers Miguel and Jonathan, Wekesa brothers Kylan and Zion, Jerome Mubiru and Filbert Muwonge, son of two-time National rally champion, Susan ‘superlady’ Muwonge.

The Lato Milk-sponsored Katende Brothers will be battling Kenyan creme de la creme in the Junior classes of MX65 and 50cc, respectively.

Kylan Wekesa who will be riding on Honda250 model 2020 will compete as a guest rider in the combined MX1 and MX2, as his little brother Zion will be riding on KTM65 competing in MX65Cc class.

Mubiru and Muwonge will be competing in MX50.

In their last outing in round 5, Miguel won MX65 and Jonathan was 2nd.

The duo has been used by their Kenyan counterparts as the benchmark in the 65 and 50cc classes.

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Photography by:  Innocent Mutaawe and John Batanudde

MAURITANIA SHOW INTEREST FOR MXOAN

Newcomers Mauritania has shown interest in taking part in the forthcoming FIM Africa, Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) championship set for 6th-8th August 2021 at Victoria Raceway Park, Garuga Entebbe.

The north west African country is however faced with transportation challenges to get their race bikes to Kampala.

“We are in communication with Mauritanian officials who have indicated an interest to field a team for the MX African championship, but their race bike transportation is a problem,” said FMU vice president Motorcycling, Kisitu Mayanja.

Mayanja explained that, if they are to airlift bikes from Mauritania to Europe then Entebbe, it will work out to be more costly than hiring, and we have not a found a company/persons to hire from.

Angola would also like to send a team, but face the same problem. So far Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe have already confirmed their participation, ahead of defending champions South Africa and host, neighbours Kenya that still need to confirm.

Entries close on the 9th July 2021.

EVENT SCORE RULE:
The rule states that; of the selected 5 riders in a country team, only the top two positions will score points for the Nation in each category.
A country can field only 2 ‘creme de la creme’ of riders in each class and win a country trophy.

Meanwhile, hosts Uganda are plotting to field a solid Mx1 team this time around, commanded by National team captain Maxime Van Pee who has just imported in a new 2021 KTM350 model bike.

Maxime will be supported by vigorous riders like Alistair Blick Junior son of eleven-time national motocross champion Arthur Blick Jnr who too will race in veterans class, Sam Foreman and Ashim Serwada.

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ES APPROVAL FROM FIM AFRICA TO HOST THE 2021 MXOAN.

The Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM), through FIM Africa, has approved the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMCU), to organise the 2021 Motocross of Africa Nations Continental Championship scheduled for 6th-8th August 2021.

In a communication signed by the FIM Africa Secretary General to FMU, the event will be held at Victoria Raceway Park, Garuga along Entebbe road.

EMPHASISED SPORTING CODE:

In accordance with the International Sporting Code of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the competition, as approved by FIM Africa, clearly indicates that FIM Africa does not by the issue of the Permit, acknowledge or undertake any liability whatsoever.

It’s further outlines to organisers that :

FIM Africa shall not be liable to the Promoters, Organisers, or  any other person for any damages which any person may suffer as a result of the event or any occurrence or whatever nature running the event.

It is a condition of this permit that the FMN hosting the event has sufficient public liability cover, and a copy of the PL cover and policy will be sent to the FIM AFRICA Secretariat 6 weeks before the event for record purposes.

It concludes that: “It is a condition of this Permit that the promoters indemnify and hold the FIM Africa harmless for damages arising out of any occurrence at the aforementioned event”.

On receipt of the Permit numbered 002/21, FMU’s Vice President Motorcycling, Kisitu Mayanja, who was also appointed onto the Jury  as the Local Jury Member said, “It’s a great pleasure getting the permit in time, we await to accord the hospitality Uganda is known for and fight to rewin the title.”

Kisitu intimated that Zambia and Botswana, are so far the countries that have confirmed their participation ahead of the close of entries on 9th July, 2021.

FIM Africa also appointed Tony Rowley (Zimbabwe), as Jury President and Mrs. Gillian Dykes (South Africa) as the Foreign Jury Member.

Other technical personnel of the event includes Race Director, Jack Cheney (South Africa), Clerk of Course(CoC) Joseph Mwangala, Assistant Clerk of Course, Joshua Mayanja and Jared Kalera as Jury Secretary.

Noella Blick, wife to eleven-time National Motocross champion, Arthur Blick Jnr and mother of the Blick racing brothers is the Chief Technical Officer.

More countries are expected to take part in the Continent’s prestigious event.

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ZAMBIA PUTS ENTRY FOR MXOAN AS THE FIRST FGN NATION

• 2021 MXOAN UPBEAT
• Zambia put entry as the first foreign country

Zambia is the first foreign country to confirm, participation in the upcoming Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) championship, set to be hosted by Uganda from the 6-8 August 2021, at the Victoria Race Way Park in Garuga.

A team of 30 Zambian riders has been registered to compete in the continental championship, which was slated for 2020 but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic that swept across the globe.

The Zambian team, together with their bikes, will privately be jetted into the country on the 4th of August, 2021 as per their communication to the organisers.

According to FMU’s Vice President of Motorcycling, Kisitu Mayanja, FIM Africa has already given them a green light, to host the event after receiving a report from their Director Sporting, Tony Rowley who was in the country a week ago.

“Our entries opened on 9th May 2021 and closes on 9th of July,2021, and we still expecting more entries,” said Mayanja via phone.

ELIGIBILITY OF RIDERS:
As per supplementary regulations of the event, each country will be allowed to register up to 5 riders in each class for the Championship, designated as official riders, by their Federation.

Riders must produce either a Passport or Resident’s Permit as proof that they are eligible to compete for their country, with the approval of their FMN.

Countries are allowed to enter more than 5 riders in each class, but on the understanding that only the five designated riders entered, will be classified as official participants for the team results.
If more than 8 countries enter, countries MAY be asked to reduce team entries.

Meanwhile, the Katende Brothers were in Kenya last weekend preparing for the continental race. We can assure you that Kenya is also arranging to ensure that they bring a big team for the continental event.

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