More lo­cals reg­is­ter for the Roof

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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