The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Hot Shivan, Githuku and Ivan Win As Season Gets Underway

AFTER living in the shadows of Tutu Maina for a full season, Ivan Guya was back in the groove as the national motocross championship season got underway on Sunday at Jamhuri Park racetrack.

Guya was in imperious form, wrapping up three heats at stake thus eclipsing Apollo Mbuki, who graduated from MX125 to MX2. Tutu tested the waters in his new MX1 category and admitted that he needed more time before taking the fight to Shivam.

Champion Shivam swept the ground with gusto, elipsing all his opponents in MX1. "Things have been quite good, I cant complain. I won all the three heats. This is the first time I'm riding this year since the FIM Central Africa Challenge due to exams at school. But it's exciting that people are looking to improve--so I expect a very stiff challenge," said Shivam.

Tutu Maina, riding an underpowered KTM 150 two stroke bike, finished second followed by Isaac Maina.

"My main problem is Shivam this season. Then the other problem is getting used to the feel of things in the new class. The track was very slippery and hard. I believe it will take me 3 months to get into the mix of the MX1--probably two to three races," said Tutu.

Dekker Kihara riding a KTM 50 won the MX50 class, registering his first ever win of the season. Dekker is taking full advantage of Jesse Waithaka, who has since moved up to the MX65 class. Ethan Nyachae won the MX65 in his first race since moving up from MX50 class.

RESULTS-- MX50: 1. Dekker Kihara 60, 2. Dylan Mutahi 47, 3. Tai Wahome 47; MX65: 1. Ethan Nyachae 57, 2. Maina Wanjigi 54, 3. Callum Hayes 43; MX85: 1. Githuku Mungai, 2. Elias Sherman, 3. Rolf Kihara; MX2:

1. Ivan Guya 60, 2. Apollo Mbuki 47; MX125: 1. Rohan Gandhi 57, 2. Masalule Kituyi 54, 3. Samir Sherman 45; MX1: 1. Shivam Vinayak 60, 2. Tutu Maina 51, 3. Isaac Kuria 45.

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