Roof of Africa preps intensify

Roof of Africa preps intensify

MASERU – Preparations for the 2017 Roof of Africa have intensified for local riders as the annual motorbike showpiece draws closer.
The tough off-road race, dubbed the Mother of Hard Enduro, is scheduled for November 15 to 18 and will start with the ‘Round the Houses’ stage at Maseru Club.

Last year Joseph Motenane was the only Lesotho rider registered to compete in the Bronze Class. This year he will be competing in the Silver Class.
Motenane said he started preparing for the event at the beginning of the year and is now only doing “touch-ups” before the race.
He said the Silver Class is more challenging than the Bronze section and needs one to be fully prepared and strong. He continued that his main target this year is to be among the finishers on the final Saturday.

This year the number of local riders has increased with three more riders coming in to participate in the Bronze Class taking Lesotho’s total of riders to four. “This year we have prepared enough, we have prepared better than last year. This is the last week of our preparations,” Motenane said on Wednesday.

“The bike that I will be using in the race is the same one I was using last year. Last year it was new and I was still getting used to it but now I feel I am used to it and I will perform better. I am ready,” he added. “This year I am competing in the Silver Class. It will be my first time and it is tougher than the Bronze Class.”

“My main target is to finish the race especially on Saturday since it is the last day. However, like I said, it is my first time in the Silver Class. I will see on the Friday if I still have the energy. But I am going to push and try to put myself in a position where I will be able to go on Saturday,” Motenane said.

The Roof of Africa attracts top riders from across the world and last year’s winner Graham Jarvis of Great Britain will be back again to defend his title. Spanish rider Alfred Gomez has also confirmed his attendance for the second time in the race.
South African rider Wade Young, who became the youngest winner of the Roof of Africa at the age of 18 in 2012, is also expected to compete in this year’s race. Last year he missed out because of injury.

Luciah Phahla

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