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2023 FIM AFRICA MXOAN RACE REPORT

The grandeur of a Continental championship is a worthy title to bestow upon any country, any city or any venue. It was the finest city of Cape Town winning the bid to host the 2023 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations at the well-renowned Zone 7 MX track on 11- 13 August 2023

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Motorsport South Africa MX Commission had an amazing task team to manage the mainline event bringing life to the 2023 African Continent Championship

Planning hard started months in advance as 9 countries prepared for battle and a total of 219 riders entered this prestigious event making MXOAN2023 the largest Official Motocross event under FIM Africa managed by MSA

Country entries included Botswana (19), Kenya (17), Madagascar (8), Morocco (3), Namibia (20), South Africa (36), Uganda (26), Zambia (23), Zimbabwe (24) and an additional 43 privateers

The weeks leading up to the event brought much stress to the table as planning and organising was well underway and the weather had not been kind in any way with excessive rain leading to previous race postponements

The final two weeks before racing arrived, and it was the calm before the storm. Trucks rolled into Zone 7 offloading bikes, riders came to get a feel of the track the weekend before, bike preparations and local trainers had all engaged to bring this magnificent championship to fruition

Friday 11 August 2023 when the first cars and vans entered the Bar Cargo Zone 7 gates, it was that new feeling for almost everyone. Riders had that look of ease hiding the nervousness, meeting old friends, and getting to know new friends. Country teams were gathering in their dedicated pit areas as riders and mechanics unloaded and setup camp for the weekend that lay ahead

Documentation started at 10:00 and one could feel the tension as the racing ahead was about to get real. Final testing and jetting you could hear breaking through trees and stress levels started to rise as there was no turning back. The weekend and racing were engaged beyond the point of no return, it was all systems ready to go

Saturday 12th August 2023 05:30 and riders had already pitched. There was no hiding the stresses and the sleepless night to face the 1st race day of MXOAN 2023

Riders’ briefing was managed by the CoC (Karen Londt) and the Race Director (Jack Cheney) and with a few clarity questions from both juniors and seniors it was time to line up the 125’s to print the track for the days racing

Although 1st practice was not a qualifying practice it was still a measure of what lay ahead and an indication in the pack of what the expected pace was going to be. Second practice and qualifying were where the game changed excessively. Riders were accustomed to the layout and the track flow was under the belt and the pressure was now on

Heat 1 started off with the MX 50’s tackling the dirt and the excitement had started. Riders, mechanics and dads, crew and spectators clinched onto what was happening in full view. Cheering, shouts, and screams for favourite riders from all countries will not be forgotten

Day 2 was another early start and the nerves had somewhat settled in. Riders and teams had regrouped, strategised and new plans to take on the challenges of day 2

The Grande Parade at 09:30 is what brought absolute goosebumps to anyone onsite or viewing abroad as each country demonstrated their participation, contingency and patriotism as they walked the finish jump to the tune of their country anthem as they stood with valour and pride. Nothing can replace those moments of standing with pride for your country, holding your country flag representing strength and unity at this auspicious event on the African continent

Unity in sport was amazing as everyone worked together toward one goal, irrespective of country

Race 3 was where the final crunch would happen, where it was all or nothing for that best position final attempt to score some points

It had no sooner started and the weekend of MXOAN was behind us, almost like time stood still during racing but blazed past for the entire event

Prize giving commenced and the African Continent came together to award the countries and riders for their prestigious achievements

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MX 50 Team

1st South Africa

2nd Kenya

3rd Zimbabwe

MX 50 Individual

1st Riley Geldenhuys

2nd Aden Fisher

3rd Parker Cik

MX 65 Team

1st South Africa

2nd Uganda

3rd Botswana

MX 65 Individual

1st Trenton Kretzmann

2nd Evan Frost

3rd Aiden Retief

MX Lites Team

1st South Africa

2nd Zimbabwe

3rd Namibia

MX Lites Individual

1st Trent Valsecchi

2nd Ashton Martin

3rd Blake Frost

MX 125 Team

1st South Africa

2nd Uganda

3rd Madagascar

MX 125 Individual

1st Jordan van Wyk

2nd Tristan Durow

3rd Kyle Townsend

MX Masters team

1st Zambia

2nd Zimbabwe

MX Masters Individual

1st Dale Holliday

2nd Trevor Thixton

3rd Nick Heygate

MX Vets Team

1st Zimbabwe

2nd Namibia

3rd South Africa

MX Vets Individual

1st Craig Kruger

2nd Warren Thorne

3rd Uwe Sternagel

MX 2 team

1st South Africa

2nd Uganda

3rd Zambia

MX 2 Individual

1st Stav Orland

2nd Dalton Venter

3rd Davin Cocker

MX 1 Team

1st South Africa

2nd Namibia

3rd Zambia

MX 1 Individual

1st Anthony Raynard

2nd Jesse Wright

3rd Jayden Proctor

WMX Team

1st South Africa

2nd Zambia

3rd Kenya

WMX Individual

1st Leah Heygate

2nd Kayla Raaff

3rd Cheyenne de Lima

An outstanding performance from all riders and well done to South Africa for taking the overall win on the country standings.

Country:

1st South Africa (728)

2nd Zimbabwe (384)

3rd Zambia (233)

Appreciation to the Motorsport South Africa team as well as the Zone 7 team for making this a memorable African Continental Championship event

Congratulations to all riders from all the countries on their incredible commitment and dedication to Motocross

Thank you to Bar Aviation/Bar Cargo for their contribution to the success of the event, as well as class and trophy sponsors by Sygnia, Marshal bibs sponsored by Leatt, Bandit Graffix, Radio2Radio, F61 Performance Products for their sponsorship towards the riders welcome packs and track side sponsors WFO Bikes and Racing, Total Control, Tallie Marine, TrackMyRide, Factory Links and Galfer Brakes

Thank you to FIM Africa as well as all the dedicated officials, marshals and staff

The announcement was made that MOROCCO will host the FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations in 2024 – see you all in Morocco

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