Uganda collected 187 points, 12 behind hosts Kenya.
PIC: Arthur Blick in action on day one. (Credit: Johnson Were)
FIM AFRICA NATIONS MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Day one results
1. Kenya 199 points
2. Uganda 187
3. Zambia 97
4. South Africa 83
5. Botswana 55
NAIROBI - Uganda defied all odds to finish second on Day One of the FIM Africa Nations Motocross Championship behind hosts Kenya on Saturday.
Uganda collected 187 points, 12 behind Kenya while Zambia (97pts), South Africa (83pts) and Botswana (55pts) finished third, fourth and fifth respectively after one lap of three.
The second and third lap will take place today (Sunday).
In MX1 category, Maxime van Pee finished 3rd behind winner Ross Branch from Botswana and second finisher Ivan Guya of Kenya.
Maxime van Pee powers his bike on the first day. (Credit: Johnson Were)
In the MX85cc, Uganda's Aviv Orland won the heat followed by teammate Fortune Ssentamu as Kenya's Maina Wanjigi finished third.
Stav Orland crashed in the second lap of the 65cc class but put up a spirited fight to finish second behind South African Hyden Tully.
In the Veterans class, Uganda's Asaf Natan, Arthur Blick, and Barak Orland finished second, third and fifth respectively, collecting maximum points for Team Uganda.
Uganda's Paddy Blick crashed and was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital while Alestair Blick was disqualified for riding in MX2 when he is underage.
Joshua Mwangala crashed but managed to ride on and score points for Uganda in the 85cc class.
"I'm disappointed with my performance as an individual, but happy with Team Uganda’S performance especially in 85cc and 65cc. Tomorrow [Sunday], we shall be out to recover the points Kenya is leading us with and I hope to improve my performance," said team captain Van Pee.
Ali Omar in flight