“I’m here to train the riders and I hope I can keep them fit for the coming race," says the German rider.
KAMPALA - German rider Jurgen Kuppers has returned to Uganda not only to redesign and revamp the Victoria Raceway Pack-Garuga for both motocross and rallying, but to also train and sharpen Ugandan riders' skills ahead of the East African Championship due on May 1 - Labour Day.
Kuppers flew in Thursday afternoon and was welcomed by Speedway Motor Club's Arthur Blick in the company of FMU official Isma Balinda, Irene Blick and Tracy Kakuru from motocross sponsors Mountain Dew.
On top of his assignments in Uganda, the German will also travel to Rwanda thereafter to establish a proper international motocross racing track, the first in the East African country's history.
"I'm here to train the riders and I hope I can keep them fit for the coming race and I hope many people come to watch me and other riders in action," he said.
Kuppers launches the redesign of the Garuga track. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)
Speedway's Blick was also excited about Kuppers presence in the country.
"I must commend Kuppers because he is a professional trainer and we are glad to have him.
"He helped us win an African title in 2012 and we have since stepped up our level. He is one of the pillars that has helped us grow the sport," said Blick.
He added: "Kuppers built the Garuga track and is back to revamp it and also to give us a few more tips that will take us to another level as we plot to win the East Africa and African championships."
From left, Leila Blick, Tracy Kakuru, Jurgen Kuppers and and Arthur Blick share a light moment soon after the German rider's arrival at Entebbe Airport on April 14 2016. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)
On her part, Mountain Dew brand executive Tracy Kakuru said: "We are very delighted and humbled to have Kuppers in the country. We know all the innovations he is going to bring are down to the growth of the sport in the country and we thank the fans and urge them to continue supporting us and grow the sport with us.
"As Mountain Dew we would to continue making more exciting and more extreme and we would like to keep our partnership successful and going."
Kuppers right away visited the Garuga track and had a test ride before launching the redesign.