Kenyans dominate individual races but lose regional FIM series Kenyan riders dominated the individual classes at Jamhuri Park on Sunday but failed to overcome the huge points tally the Ugandans garnered to win the FIM Central Africa Motocross Championship series.
Shivam Vinayak (MX1), Tutu Maina (MX2) and Apollo Mbuki (MX125) dominated individual classes during the third and last round of the regional series.
The trio besides winning the season closing race were crowned the East African Champions. But the Kenyans had to contend with playing second fiddle to the Ugandans who retained the overall team victory in the series for the second year running. Uganda are also the African champions after winning the continental championship back home in August.
However, Kenyans won the round 3 action with 1,427 points against Uganda's 1109. The visitors, however, clung to the regional team trophy by virtue of winning the first and second rounds of the 2012 series held in Kampala earlier in the year.
On the final 2012 standings, Uganda won the series with a cumulative 4,644 points total followed by Kenya and Tanzania on 2,813 and 363 respectively.
Kenya's top rider Shivam was all smiles after being declared the regional and national MX1 champion as were compatriots Tutu and Apollo Mbuki.
"The race today (Sunday) was very crucial as I had a deficit of five points in the East and Central African championship. I rode very tactfully on our home ground taking advantage of home conditions and on my Kawasaki 250 won all 3 heats! That was the best race of 2012 and the perfect way to end this already successful season," said Shivam.
The 19 year old Ugandan top rider Maxime Van Pee- who has pushed Shivam in MX1 this season- commented: "I didn't ride so well today (Sunday). This is my sixth year in racing and the fifth at Jamhuri Park and it feels really good considering how far we Ugandans have come," said Van Pee.
Ssentamu Emmanuel from Uganda won the MX50 class race ahead of compatriot Ben Nsumba while Ethan Nyachae of Kenya sealed the podium dash.
Ssentamu will be graduating to MX65 next season.
Podium Finishers RD 3
1. S. Emanuel (UG) 75
2. Ben Nsumba (UG) 59
3. Ethan Nyachae (KEN) 57
1. Ali Omar (UG) 65
2. Elias Sherman (KEN) 57
3. Alestair A. Blick (UG) 55
1. Samir Anwar (KEN) 75
2. G. Mungai (KEN) 66
3. Fatuh Kigundu (UG) 59
1. Apollo Mbuki (KEN) 75
2. M. Kituyi (KEN) 66
3. Rohan Ghandhi (KEN) 60
1. Tutu Maina (KEN) 75
2. Samir Sherman (KEN) 61
3. M. Sekubomba (UG) 61
1. Shivam V. (KEN) 75
2. Per Bjerre (TZ) 63