Jarvis to defend  Roof of Africa title

Jarvis to defend Roof of Africa title

Maseru – The world’s top off-road motorbike racers have confirmed their participation in this year’s MOTUL Roof of Africa which is dubbed the Mother of Hard Enduro because of its uniquely difficult terrain. This year Lesotho’s oldest off-road race is celebrating its 50th year anniversary and has been scheduled for November 15 to 18.  The three-day showpiece has grown in stature every year and has attracted more of the world’s best Enduro racers with each passing race. This year is no different.

Last year’s winner Graham Jarvis, who rides for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, has confirmed he will be back to defend to his title. Jarvis, of Great Britain, is a four-time champion and he is expected to be challenged by Spain’s Alfred Gomez who rides for Red Bull KTM.
Gomez, who will be making his second appearance at the Roof of Africa, came close to a memorable debut victory last year in a thrilling race but was thwarted by Jarvis’ experience.

“Some of the top performing South African athletes that will be at the race include Wade Young, the youngest competitor to win a Roof of Africa title at only 16 years of age in 2012,” organisers added in a press release previewing the race.
“Brett Swanepoel, who has finished second and third in previous years, as well as World Junior Super Enduro Champion Blake Gutzeit and his brother Jade Gutzeit a winner in 2003 will also compete this year,” the statement said.

“From the Brother Leader Tread KTM corner, you have got Scott Bouverie who came in third place last year and then, last but not least, Travis Teasdale who is the reigning (South Africa) National Enduro champion.”

In the women’s race, South Africa’s Kirsten Landman is also set for a return. Last year she became the first woman to complete the gold class section which is reserved for elite riders. Landman will be joined by Spanish racer Sandra Gomez.
As is the tradition, the Roof of Africa will roar into life with the ‘Round the Houses’ stage starting at Maseru Club and event organiser Peter Luck said this year’s race will be challenging as ever.

“The route is as tough as always but is doable for the various classes, certainly a great test for man, woman and machine,” he said.
“Spectators can look forward to great viewing points along the route,” Luck added.
“This year fans and riders can look forward to a podium prize-giving which will take place shortly after the finish on (the final) Saturday.”

Luciah Phahla

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