Kenya’s defending MX1 champion Ivan Guya is set to renew his rivalry with Maxime Van Pee of Uganda when the two riders square it off in the Mountain Dew National Motocross Championships at the Garuga racetrack in Entebbe this weekend.
Guya leads a four-man Kenyan team who have been invited to the fifth round of the Ugandan series as guest riders. Accompanying Guya is MX125 leader Ngugi Waweru (KTM) and Kihara siblings Dekker (KTM65) and Roilf (KTM85).
Guya who skipped the FIM Central Africa Championships at the Uganda Motocross Arena–Busiika, said he is overly excited taking on Maxime at home.
“I am going to teach Ugandans a motocross lesson,” said Guya who is a former MX2 Kenya champion. Guya, however, noted that he has lots of respect for Maxime, who is Uganda’s finest rider of his generation and a crowd puller in Kampala.
Arthur Blick Junior, the former national motocross team captain, admitted that Guya was missed during the regional championship but it’s good that this time, he will be available.
Blick though believes Maxim Van Pee, the reigning Uganda MX1 motocross champion, will easily sort out Guya. Guya is one of the fastest riders in East and Central Africa region and also on the continent and he is currently the Kenya national motocross champion. “I believe Maxim has what it takes to tame Guya but we are happy Guya is coming after his father agreed. We are looking forward for action and we are also likely to have other guest riders from Kenya but we shall confirm that later,” said Blick.
The race will also be the touchstone to select a strong team to represent Uganda in the African motocross championships to be held in Zimbabwe in August.
Maxime said it is unfortunate that the selection will be based on speed and therefore slow riders will miss out on the chance to represent Uganda.