By Ritah Tugumisirize
The first event on the Uganda Motor Cross calendar will take place this Sunday at the Victoria raceway park in Garuga with all the top young riders facing off.
This year’s season opener will come with new rules form the sport’s governing body. FMU.
According to Motor cross legend Arthur Blick, participants in the 85 cc should not be 14 years and above while those in the 125 cc should between 13-17 years.
“As we prepare to host the 2020 All Africa nations Motorcross championships, we tohether with FMU and Clubs decided to follow the new rules in motorcross starting this Sunday especially the age limit rule. Now only riders below the age of 14 will be allowed to take part in the 85CC class unlike before where one would ride in that class until he/she is 15. Also riders in the age bracket of 13 and 17 years will participate in the 125CC class,” said Arthur Blick.
He also revealed that all riders should be at the waiting zone ten minutes before the bikes are flagged off.
“All riders are expected to assemble their motorbikes in the waiting zone 10 minutes before Kickoff and failure to do adhere to this rule will see the riders be disqualified from the race,” the Motorcross legend revealed.
He also added that all riders are expected to access Competition licenses prior to race start.
Some new faces like Zion Wekesa and Shafic Sseki are expected to compete with the usual favourites like 13-year-old Fortune Sentamu who upgraded from 85 to 125 cc.
Apart from Arthur Blick who retired last year and the young Bobo Omar who got injured, all those who took part in last year’s edition have confirmed participation according to Speedway motor club director Omar Mayanja.
“ We expect all riders who participated in 2018 championship to be in Sunday’s race except Arthur Blick who retired and Bobo Omar who got injured during training, we have realised great improvements in terms of competitions and organisation, that all people will see on Sunday,” said the SpeedwayMotor club director, Omar Mayanja
Uganda will host the 2020 All Africa National Motor Cross championships and this year will be used for organisers and riders to prepare for the continental championship.