Uganda face Kenyan test

Kenyan motocross ace, Ivan Guya, has set the tone for his highly anticipated clash with Uganda’s champion Maxime Van Pee by claiming that he’ll take Ugandan rider to class in the fifth round national championship event due at Garuga Racecourse track this Sunday.

Guya, one of the fastest riders in East and Central African region and also on continent, is reigning Kenya national motocross (MXI) champion.

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He’s set to compete in Uganda’s fifth national championship round event as guest rider on Sunday, July 26.

And after confirming his participation, the Kenyan used one of his social media platforms this week to issue a bullish warning to Ugandan riders, particularly aimed at Van Pee, the local kingpin.

“I am going to teach Ugandans motocross,” Guya said, adding that he’ll show his rivals how to combine speed and skills.

The Kenyan star, who missed the East and Central motocross championship event held at Uganda Motocross Arena Busiika in April, has assured local fans of entertainment on the track.

However, former Ugandan champion and national team captain, Arthur Blick Jr has said Van Pee will outwit the Kenyan rider.

“We’re happy that Guya is coming after his father agreed and I believe Maxime has what it takes to tame him,” Blick commented on the highly anticipated battle of wits between Van Pee and Guya in the MXI category.

Guya will lead a Kenyan team comprising of Ngugi Waweru, Rolf and Dekker Kihara in the event.

That said, local riders will be in real competition for national team places while scoring championship points in respective MXI, MX2, MX 85cc, MX 65cc, Seniors’ and Juniors’ class categories at the same time.

A team of best performing riders from each category will be selected after the event to represent Uganda in the African motocross championships due next month in Zimbabwe.

Currently, Van Pee (230pts), Ali Omar Yasser (204pts), Fortune Ssentamu (226pts) and Waleed Omar (237pts) lead the title race in MXI, MX2, 85cc and 65cc classes respectively after four rounds. After Sunday’s event, riders will have three rounds left to wind up the season calendar.

Blick, who is gunning for a domestic motorsport treble in rallying, MXI and 4WD competitions, trails Van Pee by 35points in the MXI title race. 

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