The anticipation ahead of the 5th round of the national motor cross championship is high with several riders ready to hit the track.
The event due this weekend (Sunday July 22) at Uganda Motorsports arena, Busika was officially launched on Tuesday in Lugogo.
Maximee Van Pee the current leader in the MX 1 and also the captain for team Uganda believes the event comes at the right time ahead of the Africa Championship in Botswana.
“It is important that we are having this event come a few days to the championship in Botswana and I believe this will help in increasing competition from the riders to make the team that will represent Uganda,” he said.
“We have between ten to fifteen slots with 2-3 riders from each category so I think everyone is geared towards the event in Garuga on Sunday,” Maximee added.
About 80 riders are expected to take part in the event, an increase from the 72 that competed in the 4th round and Arthur Blick Junior believes this good for the game.
“The numbers are increasing in every other event and this means the game is growing,” he noted.
Ahead of the event, the track has been changed and completely looks new with more bumps but Maximee believes this gives the more challenge which is good for the competition.
“The track is quite new with new additions and we are all looking forward to it. This makes the competition more exciting.”
Maximee will also be competing in the buggies for the first time while the Boda Boda race is also lineup to give chance to the motorcyclists to compete.
Several sponsors have come on board including headlining partners Mountain Dew who have been committed to the game for a now.
Mountain have sponsored the event to the tune of Shs14.1m and they joined with Shell Advance Oil, Lato Milk, Cherrish Hospital, Visual Experience, Safe Solutions among others.
In the 4th round, the usual riders lived up to the billing with Maximee Van Pee winning MXI category, Fatuh Kiggundu leading in the MX2 while Alistar Blick won the MX125 class.
Unfortunately, Arthur Blick who leads the MX 50 Pewee class is out injured and will not take part. He sustained an injury in the Pearl of Africa Rally in Kayunga and will be out for the next month.