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ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO UIS

Tue, 12 July 2016 17:09
by online writer
Sports

The Enduro Championship will enter the second half of the championship season this coming Saturday as round five takes on Uis again.

The event in Uis was last held in 2014 and now is back on the championship calendar. The track comprises of a mix of technical and fast riding, with sections passing through quarries and super soft white dunes. Spectators will have a lot of action and viewing pleasure from an elevated plateau, overlooking large parts of the race course.

Kai Hennes (KTM), Björn Bierbrauer (Yamaha), Pascal Henle (KTM) and Henner Rusch (KTM) will continue their nail biting competition for the championship lead in the motorbikes class of more than 250 cc, due to the fact that they are only separated by two championship points. Rusch, who made it three victories in a row at Neu Heusis three weeks ago, and winner in 2014, is clearly in the best position due to the fact that each rider can cancel one result of the championship in the final calculation at the end of the season.

In the motorbikes up to 200cc class Ingo Waldschmidt (KTM) and Tommy Gous (Yamaha) are in close contention for the championship lead, separated by a mere three points. However, third placed Joern Greiter (KTM) seems to be a strong contender for victory at Uis, as he won there in 2014. Marcel Henle (KTM), who missed the last event at Neu Heusis due to injury and has recorded two victories already this season, will hopefully have recovered to participate in Uis.

Sven Schneidenberger (KTM), who is dominating the senior motorbikes class this season, will aim at making it five victories in a row at Uis. His closest contender this season, Frank Ahlreip (KTM), is in good form and on his heels throughout the season, and thus might eye his first victory of the season. Kai Hohmeier (KTM) steadily improved his performance this season and rode a near perfect race at Neu Heusis to be rewarded with third place at Neu Heusis. In 2014 he managed to clinch victory at Uis ahead of Schneidenberger, a coup he will seek to accomplish again this year. Gerald Heiser (KTM) and Jürgen Gladis (KTM), separated by only four championship points, still have a comfortable lead over third placed Ronnie Adams (KTM) in the Clubman’s Class.

Adams finished second in the season’s opening race at Omakwara, and reported back with a victory at Neu Heusis, and thus is likely to be a strong contender for the podium at Uis too. In the Offroad Bikes class, Kurt Hartung (KTM) has a seemingly comfortable lead over second placed youngster Lenny Bagwitz (KTM), who will be eager to continue his upward trend. Other riders in this class, such as Juan van As (KTM), have however also been showing steady improvement and will be contending for a podium finish.

In the Development Class, Swakopmund based championship leader Liam Gilchrist (Husqvarna) will have a shorter distance to cover to attend the event compared to most other riders, and due to the absence of championship leader Noam Babluki (KTM), might take the lead in the championship. Adam Johnston (Yamaha), currently placed third, could however move to top spot too with a victory at Uis. J. L. Opperman (Honda) interrupted Jens Rubow’s (Yamaha) winning streak in the Open Quads Class at Neu Heusis.

Rubow had won all three races of the season so far and had thus started the race as slight favourite. Oppermann however rode an immaculate race to secure victory at Neu Heusis and will seek to continue in this path at Uis. His second place at Uis in 2014 and knowledge of the track might prove to be an advantage over his competitor. In the Ladies Quad Class, Maike Bochert (Honda) will be out to extend her winning streak after victory at Neu Heusis.

Championship leader Shannon Rowland (Honda) has been in good form this season and will seek to remain ahead of her competitors. Registration and scrutineering for all Windhoek riders will take place on Thursday, 14 July 2016, from 18:00 to 19:00 at KTM Namibia, Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Street, Southern Industrial Area. Saturday's racing will start at 07:00 with documentation and technical control with the first bike off the line at 9:00.