More locals register for the Roof
FIVE Basotho will take part in next month’s Roof of Africa motorcycle race — the first time the country would have such a large representation in the off-road event.
The three-day race gets underway in Maseru on 3 December and traditionally attracts the world’s top dirt-bike riders.
According to Lesotho Off-road Association public relations officer, Keketso Malebo, it was pleasing to see more locals taking part in the race widely considered one of the toughest motorcycle races in the world.
Last year, Molamu Morojele, Basia Maseatile, and Joseph Motenane represented Lesotho in the race, but they are joined by ‘Muso Mohlahatse and Victor Matekane this time around, Malebo added.
Malebo further said 367 riders had already confirmed their participation in the race, among them last year’s winner Wade Young of South Africa.
In 2012, Young made history by becoming the youngest rider to win the Roof when he took the title at the tender age of 16 years.
“It is very pleasing that more Basotho are falling in love with the sport as this race takes place in our country,” Malebo said.
“Preparations for the race are well on course and we are expecting to have a successful event just like in the previous years.”
Malebo also urged parents to bring their children to Maseru city centre on the first day of the event.
“This is the exciting part of the sport as it shows individual skills and is something that would interest young people,” said Malebo.
Meanwhile, according to Morojele, who has been taking part in the Roof since 2006, it is pleasing to see more local riders joining the sport.
“It’s really encouraging to see young riders developing love for the sport and I am confident the numbers will continue to grow,” Morojele said.
“We are very excited that for the first time, there will be five of us in the race because the previous highest number of Basotho in the event was four.”
However, Morojele said the main challenge for locals was getting sponsorship.
“At least I have been in this position before, but I think it’s worse for those who will be taking part in the race for the first time.
“Hopefully, things will change with time and we will also have this financial support our foreign counterparts enjoy,” he said.
Wade Young battles the Lesotho terrain in the 2014 Roof of africa.