The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Shivam Celebrates Great Season and Promises to Win More Titles

Following a successful and competitive season, bike maestro Shivam Vinayak hopes to make a clean sweep in the new season. Shivam won all titles at stake on two wheels save for the Cross Country Rally Raid which was taken by Sean Wilcock.

Shivam retained the MX1 title for the fourth year running, claimed the FIM Africa Motocross trophy and swept all titles in enduro after winning the 125cc and the overall crown.

"The race in Jamhuri was very crucial as I had a deficit of 5 points in the East and Central African Championship. I rode very tactically on our home ground, taking advantage of home conditions and won all 3 heats on my Kawasaki 250.

This was the best race of 2012 and the perfect way to end this already successful season," said Shivam who added that he intends to win all titles next season.

Asked what the experience was like in the 2012 motocross season, Shivam continued: "It has been really awesome. I have won all motocross races that I have taken part in and I am in glad to lay my hands on a fourth straight MX1 crown. I can't wait to attack next year. The past three races of the AMU this year in Kampala were very tough. I managed to win the last round at the new Busiika track, and with home advantage last week, I was really at it," he said.

Shivam said the final round of the FIM race last week was the most crucial race this season. "Three straight wins made me both national and East African champion. My preparations for the race kicked off after mid-November just after I concluded my second year exams," said Shivam.

Shivam said another most memorable thing was winning in Uganda at the newly constructed Busiika Track. "That was massive as the Ugandans were employing team tactics to try to beat me. My toughest opponents have been the Ugandan trio of Asaf Natan, Arthur Blick Jnr and Maxime Van Pee. Their enhanced riding performance is an indication that Ugandans can no longer be taken lightly," said Shivam.

Asked how the cross-country season boosted his motocross?, Shivam continued: "The cross-country season has not boosted my motocross immensely as it is all about navigation and not speed. Enduros have helped improve my stamina and consistency in motocross races."

He added: "The Kawasaki has been extremely reliable this year. There has not been too much done to it and suspension has been fine tuned. Its in top condition and I am very happy on it."

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