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Maxime, Ssentamu defeat Kenyans

Despite defeating Kenya national team captain and MX1 champion Ivan Guya during the fifth round of the National Motocross Championship at Victoria Race Way Park Garuga on Sunday, Maxime Van was not happy with the results of the day.
The Uganda team captain, who won 2 of the 3heats, said that he had wanted to win all the tightly contested 3heats for Ugandan fans to celebrate more.

Yes I have won the overall but I wanted to win the third heat too for our fans who have endured all the dust and hot weather,” Maxime stated with a low tone.

“I made a mistake and fell in the last heat but it is good I won overall,” Maxime added.

He was however impressed with the standard of Ugandan riders in the junior classes and said motocross has a future.

Guya, who led the Kenya team as guest riders, also attributed his defeat to the crash in the first heat and engine failure in the second heat when he entered a wrong gear in a corner and failed to start in time.

He promised to fight back in the FIM Africa nation’s championship in Zimbabwe next month.

Ngugi Superior to Blick and Omar

In the MX2 category Kenya’s Ngugi Waweru won all the 3 heats to defeat Uganda’s top riders Ali Omar Yasser and Alestair Blick who settled for second and fourth place respectively.

The Kenyan stylish youngster had a good-start focus on the track and his bike could was stronger than that of Ugandans.

In the 85cc category Fortune Ssentamu won 2 of the 3heats to defeat Kenya’s Rolf Kihara who won a heat and finished second and thirds respectively in the2 heats.

Waleed Omar won the 65cc category while Milton Akaki successfully revenged the Isabella Blick’s defeat in Busiika in the previous event.

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Van Pee rules Garuga

Entebbe. Was it bad luck, ‘juju’ or competition pressure? Kenyan champion, Ivan Guya, had ‘juju’ to blame for his misfortune during the fifth round of the Mountain Dew Uganda National MX Championship at Garuga Racetrack on Sunday.

Guya, 17, one of four Kenyan guest riders in the event, was enjoying a healthy lead against Ugandan Maxime Van Pee in the first heat of the MX1 race but crashed. Van Pee easily won after the Kenyan’s fall. About an hour later, Guya’s bike engine went off during the second heat for Van Pee to win again. “I didn’t know that Ugandans use ‘juju’, Eng George Guya, the Kenyan rider’s dad, jokingly told this reporter after the two incidents.
Guya, however, recovered to win the third heat. “I am happy to win the third heat after disappointment in the first two. Uganda riders have improved a lot,” he said.
Van Pee, who also crashed in the third heat, blamed it on competition pressure. “For the whole month the talk was about this race. But I am satisfied with my performance,’ noted Van Pee, Uganda’s team captain. Both riders will participate in FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations due next month in Zimbabwe. In the MX2 category, another Kenyan, Ngugi Waweru, won all his three heats against Uganda’s best riders. The 15-year-old beat Alestair Blick and Ali Omar by some distance, proving to them that they still have a lot to learn.
In the MX85CC, Fortune Ssentamu had a puncture in the second heat and finished fourth but rallied to win the other two heats.

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