By Staff Reporter
Following his absence from both the Astra and Gobabis legs, former champion Rainer Becker’s chances of winning the National Championship is almost zero, putting up-and-coming rider Tommy Gous in pole position to walk away with the prestigious title.
Gous will get a another chance to tighten his grip on the beckoning championship when the 7th leg of the National Championship, the Wesbank Moto-Cross Challenge, gets under way at the Gallina race track outside Windhoek, this coming Saturday.
Whilst Gous remains hot favourite on his Zenner-Yamaha, the race is still wide open in the Open/125cc Class, with second ranked Kawasaki rider Ronnie Adams breathing heavily down his neck.
The likes of Animal Wise, Frank Klosta, Honda-rider Henry O’Kennedy, Ruhan Gous and “Gobabis Hero” Jaco Loots on his fast Suzuki could pose a serious threat to Gous and Adams, while the quartet of Eckhard Hall, Wolfgang Rohe, Tony Viljoen and Rudi Brand would also like to add to their points tally.
Michael Barlow remains unchallenged amongst the kids in the 50cc Class, but the youngster could expect some tough challenges from Jay-Em Tredoux and Yoshua Becker.
In the next “league” the 65cc Class there’s a stronger wind blowing. Here the KTM riders are amongst each other.
Tristan Muller looks a sure bet in the 65cc Class, and his only challenge could come from Matthew Nederlof – three years his junior, whose racing is getting better with each race.
The young Matthew believes the show is not over until the fat lady sings and his ultimate goal is to beat Tristan at least once by the end of the season and leave Angolan rider Joshua Teixeira and Roberto Holtz to battle it out for 3rd position.
In the 85cc Class, high-flyer Mark “Marki” Sternagel is a rare talent on the track and possesses fuel in his veins as has already been proven with his 4th place in the King of the Dirt Race during the Astra race.
Tristan Muller (who participates in two categories) is almost secured of overall 2nd place if it weren’t for Eric Garbers, who beat Tristan in all three heats in Gobabis.
Nonetheless, the tide can still turn.
Schalk Louw, Pauli Loots and Wico Coetzee will battle it out for 3rd position.
The Clubmen’s Class, a beginners’ class without status, definitely has entertainment value. Unfortunately, one never knows prior to the race how many riders would eventually turn up – therefore, the number of entries in this particular category varies greatly.
In this category, Jose Teixeira stands a good chance of claiming top position but the Angolan can expect some strong opposition from Gundolf Lang (Swakopmund).
Another rider who has improved tremendously is Frank Steyn – if his maximum points in Gobabis are anything to go by, while Billy Heigan, Torsten Schidlowski and Wiehan Kohne will have to fight hard to keep up with the flow.
The protagonists in the Quads A-Class are without doubt Dirkie Baard, Jean Venter and Michael Behnke. However, the trio can expect some tough challenges from the likes of Wolfgang Rohl and Fanie Steenkamp.
These five riders have developed a habit of playing it tough when the situation demands. The Quads B-Class starts together with the A-Class, but would be assessed separately.
The likes of Gideon van Sittert, Eugene Slippers and Ecki Spoerer will be out to impress the expected large field of entries in this particular class, that certainly guarantees excitement and adrenalin rushes.
The ladies will have their own class as well, the Quads Ladies Class and those who thought that these are only a couple of “lasses” cruising the track like snails would be mistaken.
Just wait and see how bold Cee-Anne Greyling, Celene Adams, Mandy
Huysamen, or the Bochert sisters open the throttle and show the real ding-dong battle.
In the Quads Clubmen’s Class, the situation is no different from the
Clubmen’s MX Class. In Gobabis, there were only four participants and Stefan Smidt achieved a surprise win.
It will be interesting to see whether he will be able to repeat that feat and beat his challenger Nokkie Maree this time around.
The kids also have high ambitions in this category.
In the Mini Quads-Class Joane Steenkamp will set the pace, followed most probably by Jacques Marais, the only boy in this class, and little Sune Garbers.
So, organise a family outing to Gallina Moto-Cross Park on Saturday the 12th of July. Food and beverages are on offer – courtesy of Joker’s Pizzeria and Sports Bar. The notorious J?