THE FIMA MXOAN 2012 RACE
By Bryan Tumusiime
22nd -24th August 2012 will see Uganda making world headlines when we host the FIM AFRICA MOTOCROSS OF ALL NATIONS (FIMAMXOAN) for the very first time. This world class event will be hosted at the upgraded motocross section of the Uganda Motorsports Arena track and will see teams from South Africa, Namibia, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya taking part.
Our motocross fraternity ought to be geared up for this event. The Ugandan team which is comprised of about 60 riders aged 5 -50 years is under intense training by the FIMAFRICA and Federation of Motorsports Clubs in Uganda. East African contenders to look out for include, Maxim Van Pee, Asaf Natan, Arthur Blick Junior, Shivam Vinayak, Cruz Mungai, Tutu Maina, Yannick Duyck and the Kiggundu Brothers.
This event will attract media publicity from all over Africa and will be broadcast on local and international free and pay TV’s like Super Sport. It will also be uploaded live on the FMU website www.motorsportuganda.com and UMA’s www.umarena.com. The race was held in South Africa 2010 and in Namibia 2011. Uganda’s bid to host this event has been ongoing since 2005, this year round FIM Africa representative, Mr. Ray Wilson found Uganda and UMA – Busika befitting of such a prestigious sporting event, the track is currently being upgraded according to his recommendations to scale it to international standards.
The history of Motocross in Uganda
Motorcycle racing was introduced to the Ugandan scene in the 1960s, debuting with the East African Championships which run between the two East African countries Kenya and Uganda. On its initiation, motorcycle racing was pretty much dominated by white and Asian folk. Races were held indoors at stadiums like Nakivubo and Wankulukuku. This racing style was tagged “grass track racing”. The big shots back in the day included Dick Kawesa, Jamil Din, the unbeatable Vic Preston Junior, Paddy Blick, Arthur Blick Senior and Wycliff Bukenya. Maggie Kigozi Blick broke the record as the first and only lady rider in East Africa in the 70’s.
The 1990’s welcomed a new evolution from grass track racing to the current highly competitive and popular “motocross”. The first internationally recognized East African Challenge was held in 2005 at the Lubiri race track and was won by the popular Kenyan rider Tom Porter. Household names today include Arthur Blick Junior who has taken the national championship 9 times, Abed Lubambula twice and Asaf Natan twice. Uganda now has a fully fledged motocross team of over 60 riders from ages 5 – 40 with spectator numbers growing from a few hundred in the 90’s to tens of thousands in the 21st Century. This year Uganda will make yet another historical mark in motocross by hosting the FIM AFRICA ALL AFRICAN NATIONS MOTOCROSS (FIMA MXOAN). This is a dream we have been pursuing for the last decade!
Uganda Motorsports Arena (UMA) was inaugurated in October 2010, set up on 40 acres and located 30 kilometers / 40 minutes drive from Kampala along the Gayaza-Zirobwe road. It’s comprised of an autocross circuit & a thrilling motocross track boosted by a new world class automatic race timing system (MY LAPS trackside transponder system). The facility provides competitors and spectators with a safe and thrilling motor sporting experience with a capacity for 15,000 persons.
It’s a big Ugandan event and we have to raise arms and make the best of every opportunity that comes along with it. There is a lot of potential for the various stakeholders in this race. Uganda will be exposed to the whole world as well as the various sponsors who partner with us in this event and will have an estimated two months advertising presence on various media and the event will reach more than 20,000 spectators.
For more Information, please contact:
Ugandan Motorcross Arena
2 Channel Lane, 6th Street, Industrial Area, Kampala
Bryan Tumusiime, Mobile: +256 776 980895, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arthur Blick Junior, Mobile: +256 772 506380, Email: email@example.com