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Training,hard work pay off- Stav


Nations overall:
1. South Africa 728
2.Zimbabwe 384
3.Zambia 233
4.Namibia 206
5.Uganda 191
6.Kenya 155
7.Botswana 82
8.Madagascar 27
9.Morocco 8
10.Lesotho 0

MY training,hard work and perseverance have paid me off.
These were Stav Orland words winning the last and final heat of his MX2 Class.

Training and hard work are key factors for any rider to win a heat or round in a Motocross event.
These were the reasons Stav Orland winner of the MX2 Class title gave, after predominantly sweeping clean all the three heats of the MX2 category.
Stav, who has had chance to race in South Africa against the country’s best prior to African championship,also pointed out exposure as another factor for a rider to excel at different grounds.
“Am previledged to have trained and raced agaist the best in South Africa,it gave me an adage over other riders, honestly my training and hard work have paid off, ” said Stav after winning the third heat of his MX2 class.
He added that, he waited the moment to beat the South Africans at their own back yard.
” I encourage other riders to get more exposure, test different race tracks, it’s the only way they can ably compete with other super nations,” Stav explained.
Great perfomances for Uganda were also witnessed in the 65CC,125, and Mx lite, with a heat1 podium for Jude Kyle Musedde in 50CC on Saturday,as hosts South Africa dominated the 1-2-3 positions in all junior classes plus seniors.
“I would like to thank Team Uganda. You have overcome so much, the uncertainty of the bikes stack at the airport for days, you did not have the benefit of testing the sandy track before hand, you only had one practice session on day one, stomached the scary incident of one of the team members and podium hopeful Fortune Ssentamu,” happily expressed the team leader, Reynolds Kibira after the race.
He added that; “Amidst adversity, believing against hope and giving their hearts out against Africa’s best, team Uganda you the best.”
With good outstanding results in 50CC,65, 125, and MX2, Uganda managed to finish second overall in 65,125 and MX2 classes,despite fifth overall finish Nations.
Uganda who for the last three years been third, went two positions low, behind South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia respectively due to demolisation, that brought about by delayed bike clearance from South African customs.
Their bikes were delivered at last hour on Saturday, thus didn’t have enough time on their bikes before racing.
Next hosts for 2024 are Morocco, who only managed to field a team of three riders at this year’s edition.
Author: Frank Kaheesi- Head FMU Media Commision

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Ugandan Junior riders optimistic for greater results ahead of race.

UGANDA’S riders sound optismistic and targetful ahead of the hard throttle opening and firing at the 2023 FIM-AFRICA Motocross of African Nations.

The Continent’s top showpiece reeves off Saturday with free practice for riders, ahead real action aroundb12:00noon local time.

Though, Uganda has been in a drought of 13 years with no overall continental tittle their disposal since 2012, her Junior riders are ready to turn tables around.

A big number of them apart from Fortune Ssentamu, we’re not on team of 2012 that wrote history, when Uganda won the African top Motocross accolade after playing as host at Uganda Motorport Arena,Busiika.

Riders spoken to, included juniors in 50CC, 65, 85 Elite, Mx125 and MX2,that all sounded positive,and hopeful.

Milton Akaki Obote:
It’s all fine, everything seems good,i believe we have prepared well, track is different, much higher level track,more rough and will have to ride seriously.



Stav Orland:
He one rider on team Uganda, who has rode on Zone7 race track during the South African National local championship events prior to Mxoan event.
Set to ride one of the latest KTM versions, 2024 model, Stav is aware big upheaval awaiting them in Mx2 class that has lethal riders.
But feels good, doesn’t want to get too much in his head,only ready to handle each heat as it unfolds.



Fortune Ssentamu:
Another ugandan who riders on host track, says, its always been honor to represent his country 110 percent.
His principle target at 2023 Mxoan edition, is to get as many points for Uganda,and keep in top five in his Mx2 category.






Jerome Mubiru:
Riding on hired KTM bike from South Africa, Mubiru is confident quite of them in MX elite will excel.







Larry Ssekamwa:
Having finished fourth overall at last edition in Garuga, Ssekamwa is one of the hard chasers on track.
The 10 year- old targets running close and working better with Miguel Katende on track against their other Nations nemesis in 65CC class.






Ron Young:
First timer, Riding on 2022 Husqvarna bike, is targeting to finish the race and getting maximum points in 85 Elite class.





Noel Ssekamwa:
One of the Junior boys Uganda has fielded in the 50CC, He is ready to compete  with top runners in his category.







Miguel Katende:
Africa’s number two in the 65 CC category and world’s number 36,Katende says with the likes of South Africa’s Evan Fronst and Ledwaba Kabelo being at home, he has a different game plan for them.
He recently competed with them at the world Junior Motocross champion in Romania, with each having their own struggles at world championship.






Aron Orland:
Competing in 125CC class, Aron says he will need to be more aggressive, up the game,keep at high fitness level and speedy.
He consents that, most of his South African counterparts have had much time for training unlike him having less time due to his tight time table.
Aron is however adds that, its going to be an all different bold game for Saturday and Sunday at the sandy Zone7 racing track.




The annual Continent’s top showpiece has attracted nine countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Morocco, Botswana, and hosts South Africa who won last year’s edition that was held in Uganda.

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FMU Prides in Her Gallant Riders That Participated In World Championships.

FEDERATION of Motorsports Clubs of Uganda (FMU-UG) pours out praises to her gallant riders that participated in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

The team which was fully funded by FMU using part of the resources coming from central government,initially comprised of riders 3 riders.

Two in 65cc and one rider in the 85cc whose entries were published on the FIM website after fulfillment of FIM requirements, that included payment of the rider licenses and meeting the prerequisite speeds for the championship.

Unfortunately one of the riders Larry Ssekamwa, in MX65 did not secure his Visa in time while the MX85 rep Malcom Gift Ssebuguzi suffered a prequalification crash.

This left him with multiple fractures ending the African Champion’s medal hopes and raising Uganda’s flag high in Romania.

Ultimately, Uganda managed to have one rider in Miguel Katende beating all the odds and hitting the final race in the MX65 category amongst the three that had travelled to Romania.

Miguel became just one of three Africans in the final race of the elite world’s fastest 40 riders, together with two South Africans.

He is set to lock horns with them again in Cape Town at the African Championship.

Uganda’s second rider in same class and younger brother to Miguel, Jonathan Katende didn’t make it through the final qualifiers.

The team returns on Tuesday morning aboard Fly Dubai with Gift Ssebuguzi who painfully watched the race proceedings in casts on both legs, returning in a wheel chair.

Nevertheless, the FMU delegation and motocross fraternity will be at Entebbe Airport to receive them.

“We are glad to have had riders represent the Country at world championships for the first time ever, that alone is big milestone, then having rider qualify into the finals is a sound out to the world that Uganda exists in motocross,” proudly spoke out, FMU Deputy Vice President Motorcycling, Kisitu Mayanja.

Mayanja added: “Our gallant riders are returning home tomorrow (Tuesday) from world championships, big thanks go out to FMU Management, for having fully facilitated the team, as we look forward to the next International competitions in Cape Town, South Africa.”

In an unprecedented move, FMU fulfilled its August 2022 declaration to send riders to the World Championships when MXOAN event secretary at the time, Mr. Rey Kibira revealed to the press that after hosting the African event.

FMU was going to focus on sending riders to the world championships. One year later, FMU President, Dipu Ruparelia and his Management Team voted to fully fund the team including airticket fares for all riders and support team, hire bikes for each rider, pay a team mechanic in Romania and take care of the team’s accommodation expenses.

This becomes the first of its kind in the history of the sport and is owed to the improved relationship between the Federation and the Government.

Uganda is set to send a team of over 60 riders to the FIM-AFRICA Motocross of African Nations( MXOAN) slated for 11th-13th August, 2023.

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How can Uganda tap into Safari rally economic gains?


By Frank Kaheesi
WITH a consistent provision of big fan base on the continent and across her borders, Uganda needs to tap into the economic gains attached to rallies like WRC safari rally.

Many questions are left un answered, like what do Ugandan rally fans gain from trekking journeys to watch cross-border rallies, does their home government sponsor them, or what are the returns for their spent monies.

A confession came out of Safari rally host president,William Ruto, who was the chief Guest at the ceremonial flagg off of 2023 WRC safari rally, out poured that: He wondered why many Uganda flags were raised high at racing zone unlike the hosts.

This comes at a time, when Uganda misses to have a representative at this year edition, as the crew of Yasin Nasser and Ali Katumba withdrew their entry at last minute due to budget.

Uganda has a rich attached history to the Safari rally, with a number of her celebrated legend drivers taking part such as the lates Shekhar Mehtar who won the Safari a record 5times, Asuman Junju, Sospeter Munyegera,Charles Muhangi, Frank Nekusa,major David Ndahura, plus the living ones.

They marked their names on the Continent’s top tie event, and live to be celebrated by lovers of the sport.

It’s on record, Kenya financial gain from WRC Safari rally for 2021-22 editions through tourism and other incomes generated 456.5 million US dollars( 63 billions kenyan shillings).

The rally also generated million views on social media and global media platforms, outs Kenya at a higher pointer of tourism.

With the high addiction Ugandans have for rallying, how can they gain from the big generated income returns our neighbours reap from the Safari.

Simple answer or formulae could be, supporting crews that have compatible machines to race at WRC event.

At official flagg off car at Uhuru Park on Thursday, world champion Sebastian Ogier,confessed that; ” I can’t imagine the Love Ugandans have for rally, as the WRC Safari rally seems like their home event.”

” Can’t imagine, how someone drives his posh Mercedez Benz from Kampala, to Kenya just to watch rally, have you ever seen any Kenyan doing so,?” a kenyan police officer was heard asking a colleague with whom they were guarding VIP parking lot at Kasarani special stage.

Aday earlier, another official at shakedown in Loldia when clearing fans was heard saying; It’s the continued support these Ugandans have given that has kept the Safari live.”

When contacted on same issue, Uganda’s vice president motor rallying present at the Safari, Reynold Kibira intimated ; Rallying is like a religion in our country, we can only support our fans cause by helping out our drivers be part of Safari.

The seventh round of the World rally championship, attracted 32 entries, running for four days in and around the beautiful scenaries of Kenya with climax set for Sunday afternoon.

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Dr Ashraf opens rallying doors for sons.


2008 double National rally champion Dr Ahmed Ashraf opens rallying doors for his teen sons, Ali Mohammed and Ahmed Anees Mohammed.

Mohammed ,the 2022 Uganda FIA digital rally star who represented the country at Africa Continental finals in South Africa same year, is into full rallying 2023.

The 20 year-old Mohammed, co-driven by his younger brother Ahmed Anees Mohmmedin a subaru Impreza N14 formerly driven by their father, posted impressive stage times on their long distance racing debut during the Kabalega rally.

They finished second behind the Clubman rally Championship class winner Joshua Muwanguzi, who beat them by just one minute 13.05 seconds.

“Am backing up the boys for full season racing,am left for the East African Safari classic, and have embarked on the preparations of the car am to use,” confessed Dr Ashraf, who flanked the boys at Kabalega rally flag-off.

Just as her husband, Zaira Ashraf was impressed by her sons’ perfomance at the two day event.

“The boys have been able to bring back the car intact just as their father does,more exciting with good times,” said Zaira at prize giving.

The Ali Racing team manager added, the two medical students, are planned to have enough racing time, as their father who too is a practicing medical doctor guides them.
Author: Frank Kaheesi

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