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Enduro tackles Kalahari, once again

Fri, 15 April 2016 18:05
by Staff writer
Sports

The Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship took place in the Aranos on Saturday 16 April for round three of the series.
The Championships are not new in the town as the town has hosted the event for many years and seen enthusiastic riders tackle the dunes on numerous occasions.
The Bank Windhoek championship got off to a positive start at Farm Omakwara in February, when the Henle Brothers (both KTM) scooped first places both in the motorbikes class up to 200 cc (Class 1) and in the class of motorbikes over 200cc (Class 2).
However, last years undisputed Class 2 champion, Henner Rusch (KTM), fought back immediately on home turf at Farm Lichtenstein in March to win the second leg. Equally, 2015 Class 1 Champion Ingo Waldschmidt (KTM) is back in contention after his win at Farm Lichtenstein. While these riders fought out wins amongst each other, Tommy Gous (Yamaha) silently took the lead in the Class 1 Championship.
Sven Schneidenberger (KTM) was seeking to continue his unbeaten run in the Senior Motorcycle Riders Class (Class 5), with Frank Ahlreip (KTM) and Werner Wiese (Wiese) currently the strongest contenders.
The Namibian Quad cracks were on the track too, with last year’s Ladies Champion Maike Bochert (Honda) eager to catch up in the Championship to Claire Brendel (Honda), after having missed the last event. Jens Rubow (Yamaha) and J.L Oppermann (Honda) will be battling for first place in the men’s Quad Category.
The Namibian Enduro Club expected around 70 quad and motorbikes to enter in 11 Competition Classes. Junior riders as of 10 years of age will be on the track as well as a large number of non-national championship riders. Members of the public attended the event as this race was an interesting one, with exciting dune passages, tricky technical sections and high speed intervals.