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By Staff Reporter GOBABIS European-based rider Namibian BjÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶rn Bierbrauer, who has been racing for the KÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶lling-Yamaha Team in Germany and is currently in his native country to undergo an orthopaedic examination, put the examination temporarily on halt and entered last weekend’s race in Gobabis. The veteran rider entered in the Open/125cc Class on his EL Sea Products Yamaha, but found the going tough against the Namibian protagonist Tommy Gous in the first two preliminary heats. However, a much more relaxed Bierbrauer showed his mettle in the decisive Big-5 King of the Dirt heat, when he left Gous in the lurch to win the holeshot with Gous next to him on the left hand side of his fender. Both riders cleared the big-table before Gous took the lead. Smelling victory, Gous pulled all stops and set a high speed pace that Bierbrauer could not keep up with – widening the gap after each lap – building a comfortable 300 metre gap at half-time. With seven minutes to go and Gous firmly in the driving seat – Bierbrauer senior, Schorsch, watching from the sidelines ordered his offspring by sign-language to narrow the gap, and Bjorn dully obliged and with three laps remaining, the German-based rider waltzed past Gous with great technique and bade goodbye to his challenger on the eastern corner on his way to claim the overall winning purse – much to the excitement of the appreciative crowd. Veteran rider Ronnie Adams on his powerful Kawasaki secured himself the 3rd spot on the rostrum – courtesy of Animal Wise’s inevitable withdrawal halfway through the race because of mechanical problems. Not too far adrift, the usual dogfight and handle-bar-banging between the trio of Henry O’Kennedy, Eckhard Hall and Jaco Loots continued unhindered. This time it was Suzuki-rider Loots who mounted a great challenge for 4th place and held on for dear life to edge ahead of his closest rivals despite riding his small-framed 125cc bike, leaving O’Kennedy to settle for 5th Spot. Results Big-5 King of the Dirt 1. BjÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶rn Bierbrauer, Deutschland, E.L. Sea Products-Yamaha, 20 Punkte 2. Tommy Gous, Windhoek, Zenner-Novel-Yamaha, 17 3. Ronnie Adams, Kapps-Farm, Kawasaki-Namibia, 15 4. Jaco Loots, Windhoek, Suzuki-Namibia, 13 5. Henry o’Kennedy, Windhoek, Muxima-Honda, 11 In the 65cc Class, 12-year old Tristan Muller from Okahandja achieved three start-to-finish victories while rival Matthew Nederlof, who appears to be getting faster with every race, and Michael Barlow on the small 50cc KTM battled for second and 3rd places respectively. Mark Sternagel showed extra ordinary talent in the 85cc Class with three wins from the same of number of starts. Tristan Muller who finished ahead of Eric Garbers in the Astra Race had to play second fiddle to Garbers this time around in all three heats. The victory would certainly go a long way in boosting Garbers’ confidence for the next races to come. The Clubmen’s Class which has in the past drawn a great line-up, notably in the last two legs, saw a decline in entries, but this did not discourage Frank Steyn to walk away with honours leaving the pair of Gundolf Lang and Billy Heigan to pick up the pieces for the 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Torsten Schidlowski, an excellent starter, looked a sure bat for the beckoning 3rd position but he fell way adrift in a disappointing 5th place after fatigue seemingly had taken its toll on the highly charged up rider. From two wheels to 4 wheels and as usual, the protagonists in the Quads-A-Class and B-Classes were extremely popular amongst the Moto Cross enthusiasts in the heart of the Cattle Country. Again, it was Dirkie Baard from Walvis-Bay who proved to be the poster-boy in this particular category. With breath-taking courage, the coastal rider cruised passed his opponents in “no-go” bents and berms and when in front he quickly built up an incredible gap… never to look back. Entertaining was the order of the day between Jean Venter and Michael Behnke, as the pair chased the more credible second spot on the podium. In all 3 heats, Behnke managed to squeeze passed Venter but the titanic battle between the two lasted to the finish-table – leaving the chasing Wolfgang RÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶hl stuck in 4th place. Gideon van Sittert won the B-Class once again, ahead of Eugene Slippers and Ecki Spoerer. The Ladies-Quads, also competing for national status, saw teeny Cee-Anne Greyling putting up a fearless race on her way to claim three clear wins, after Mandy Huysamen crashed out the first heat. Greyling defeated her toughest competitors Celene Adams and Bollie Bochert, with Maike Bochert finishing in 4th place. The supporting programme saw a combined race in the Clubmen’s Class and Quads-C Class. Surprisingly, Stefan Smidt claimed overall victory ahead of Nokkie Maree and Johan de Beer with Louw Greyvenstein winning the C-Class at the expense of Andre Maree and Anita Miljo, while young Joane Steenkamp defeated Jaques Maree and Sune Garbers in the Mini-Quads-Class.