Speedy improving rider Kylan Wekesa recently tamed Kenyans at their own backyard during sixth round of the Kenyan National Motorcross Championship held at Jamhuri Park.
Kylan, just recovering from an injury, riding on a Honda 250CC model 2020 swept clean all the three heats in Mx2 class to the delight of his father, Amos Wekesa.
“He made his name here (Kenya), kept the Kenya-based Ugandan fans on their toes cheering him in all the three heats,” Amos Wekesa proudly spoke of his son.
“I was impressed by Kylan’s performance as both, him and his little brother Zion were just from nursing injuries they picked in their last race in Garuga,” Wekesa added.
Zion manged a seventh position finish in 65 cc class.
It was however a dark day for Lato Milk-sponsored riders, the Katende brothers Miguel and Jonathan who had a bad experience of the event.
Miguel fractured his 11th Thoracic bone, but currently improving after being discharged from UMC Victoria hospital that attended to the rider.
“It was unfortunate Miguel broke his bone but the good news is we were discharged from the hospital and he’s quite responding,” said veteran rally navigator George Ssemukula, father to Katende brothers.
Albeit the fate of his brother, Jonathan put up a show in the first two heats of 50cc class, finishing in second best position overall.
He however lost it all, when he was asked to choose which class he would race in for the last heats, either 50 or 65cc, deciding on the latter, his bike engine ceased while lying third in Heat3.
Other Ugandan riders that faced the wrath of the event included Jerome Mubiru who got a DNF in third heat of 85CC category.
Worthy celebrating his maiden appreance at the Kenyan Championship was Filbert Muwonge, son to two-time National Rally champion, Susan ‘superlady’ Muwonge.
Filbert managed to pick a seventh position in heat one and two, and sixth in heat3, for seventh overall position finish in 50cc class.
The Ugandan riders are trying to keep fit ahead of the African Championship round that Uganda is to host at a later date this year, after organisers asking the continental body, FIM Africa to have the event pushed to a later date due the second wave of Covid-19 that has forced sports and other sectors of the economy to grind to a halt.
The continental championship that was initially slated for 2020, and later rescheduled to 6th-8th August, 2021 has further been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that saw the country forced into a 42-day second nationwide lockdown.
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