Jarvis says ready to defend title
Maseru – Reigning Motul Roof of Africa champion Graham Jarvis says he is prepared to defend his title.
The 2016 Roof of Africa starts today with the Round the Houses stage beginning at Maseru Club.
The off-road motorcycle race dubbed the Mother of Hard Enduro will come to an end on Saturday.
Jarvis, of Great Britain, is one of a few active riders who have won the Roof of Africa three times along with New Zealand’s Chris Birch and Louwrens Mahoney of South Africa.
South African Alfie Cox is the record holder with eight Roof of Africa titles, the last of which came in 2001.
Jarvis, who rides for Husqvarna, said despite having competed in it numerous times, the Roof of Africa remains the hardest and longest enduro race and every year presents a different challenge.
“There is always a good chance (to win) and I hope the track is not difficult and not too long, but I think it’s going to be a little bit harder this year. What makes it more difficult is a lot of dust and that makes the track harder,” Jarvis said yesterday.
Asked about possible challengers, Jarvis pointed to South Africa’s Wade Young.
“I think there is the young guy (Wade Young). (But) I am going to use my experience to get to the finish and if I win, it’s a bonus,” he said.
However, it is not clear if the two-time champion Young will compete.
Young suffered an arm injury at the Red Bull Sea to Sky race in Turkey in October but is in the country.
Lesotho Off-Road Association public relations officer Keketso Malebo confirmed receiving a report yesterday morning that Young had suffered an injury but it remained unclear if he will compete.
“We got a report that (Young) is injured, but we are not sure if he will compete or not, but he is around here,” Malebo told thepost.
The Round the Houses will start at 9am at Maseru Club. Close to 300 riders have registered for this year’s race.
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