Shivam leads Kenyan Motocross brigade in Kampala

Shivam leads Kenyan Motocross brigade in Kampala

Shivam leads Kenyan Motocross brigade in Kampala

Shivam Vinayak(96) leads Tutu Maina(55(, Ivan Guya

National MX1 champion Shivam Vinayak has declared that he will strive to lead Kenya to the top spot in the Federation of International Motocross (FIM) continental motocross championships slated for Uganda this weekend.Vinayak, the hottest property in the country's motocross scene, leads Kenya's squad of 23 riders in the event set for Kampala on Sunday.

"I've been in good form and the fact that I'm the national champion means a lot is expected of me in the weekend outing," said Vinayak.

The biggest challenge for Vinayak in the MX1 category will nevertheless come in the form of stylish Ugandan Maxime Van Pee, Asaf Natan and Arthur Blick Jnr.

On Tuesday, the Kenyan team received not only words of wisdom from President Mwai Kibaki when the Head of State  presented them with a national flag ahead of today’s departure to Kampala, but also trophies to some of the riders who have excelled this season.

Among other recipients of the awards during the function at State House include Maina Wanjigi Junior (MX 50cc), Rolf  Kihara (MX 65cc) and Evan Guya (MX 125cc).

With battle lines already drawn in the event, Kenya will be striving to break the jinx of losing out to Uganda in lower races.

Uganda has dominated the MX 50cc category for the last one and a half years and some of their drivers Kenya should strive to keep tabs on include Ben Nsumba, Rodgers Ssentamu and Joshua Mwangala.

Kenya, however, have one of the strongest squads ever which includes among others Tutu Maina, one of the experienced riders who impressed in the  in 2010 and 2011 editions held in Namibia and Zimbabwe respectively.

President Kibaki acknowledged the team's past success and urged the riders to keep the candle aglow.

"Our team has performed quite well in the past. The most memorable event is when Kenya emerged champions in the 2007 event held in Nairobi. The hard work exhibited by our youngsters is remarkable. I wish to urge then to continue with the same spirit and also to remember that other young people look upon them as role models. Maintenance of high discipline, hard work and retraining from being distracted by unnecessary pleasures of life is the hallmark of a champion,'' said Kibaki.

 In Kampala, Kenyans will partake the competition with settled nerves given that they have been actively involved in FIM Central Africa Championships and some participated in Zimbabwe in 2011 and South Africa in 2010.

The Kenya team

Dekker Kihara (KTM)
Jesse Waithaka (KTM)
Ethan Nyachae (KTM)

Rolf Kihara (KTM)
Elias Sherman
Jeremy Waithaka (KTM)
Maina Wanjigi (KTM)
Allister Diniz (KTM)

Ngugi Waweru (KTM)
Sudev Rathod (Kawasaki)
Owain Ashley

Apollo Mbuki (KTM)
Masalule Kituyi (KTM)
Muthandi Wanjigi (Yamaha)
Rohan Gandhi (KTM)
Abishek Rathod (Kawasaki)

Tutu Maina (KTM)
Ivan Guya (KTM)
Andrew Kenneth (Yamaha)
Samir Sherman

Shivam Vinayak (Kawasaki)
Charles Mugo (Honda)
Moses Mugo (KTM

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