Bike, Quads Mafikeng 1000 preview

MAFIKENG DESERT 1000 OFF-ROAD * 5th Round of the SA National Off-road Quad Championship * 6th Round of the SA National Off-road Motorcycle Championship * 9 -- 11 August 2007 -- Mafikeng -- North-West Province OFF-ROAD BIKERS...

MAFIKENG DESERT 1000 OFF-ROAD
* 5th Round of the SA National Off-road Quad Championship
* 6th Round of the SA National Off-road Motorcycle Championship
* 9 -- 11 August 2007 -- Mafikeng -- North-West Province

OFF-ROAD BIKERS GETTING READY FOR MAFIKENG'S REAL DESERT RACE

Motorcycle and quad competitors of the SA National Off-road Championships are preparing for the Mafikeng Desert 1000 that will take place from 9 to 11 August in the Mafikeng area in the North-West Province.

The Mafikeng Desert 1000 will form the fifth round of the national off-road quad championship while it will be the sixth national off-road event for motorcycle competitors and it will be the second consecutive year that Mafikeng will be the host of this marathon event. The Mafikeng Desert 1000 will this year be sponsored by the Tusk Mmabatho Casino Resort, the Protea Hotel Mafikeng, the Mafikeng International Airport and The Crossing Shopping Centre.

The Mafikeng International Airport, now an Industrial Development Zone which has been recently confirmed by local Government, will make an ideal venue. The airport's management, who has hosted numerous air shows at this venue, in collaboration with the Mafikeng Motor Club and Local Government, decided that this will be the perfect venue for the Mafikeng Desert 1000 off-road race. The Mafikeng International Airport allows for easy accessibility to Mafikeng town centre and it is centrally located to the great riding area that Mafikeng has to offer for off-road racing.

It will be the first marathon event for the off-roaders on two wheels that will have to complete about a thousand kilometres in the Kalahari Desert while it will be the second consecutive desert race for the four wheelers. Quad competitors had to tackle about 660 kilometres at the recent Toyota 1000 Desert Race in Botswana while the motorcycle riders completed just over 400 kilometres during the two days racing.

Like previous off-road races organised by the Mafikeng Motor Club, the Mafikeng Desert 1000 will again be an exciting race that will provide the riders with a variety of race terrain including dry riverbeds and the well- known Digtebos which is a typical sandy desert type terrain.

Riders will tackle about 450 kilometres on Friday, 10 August and Saturday, 11 August while the time-trail on Thursday (9 August) will be about 100 kilometres and will determine the starting order and times for the first day of the main race.

What will make the Mafikeng Desert 1000 even more exciting are two new venues. Competitors will line-up for the start of the time-trail at The Crossing Shopping Centre and will finish at the Mafikeng International Airport. On both Friday and Saturday, the start and finish of the Mafikeng Desert 1000 will be at the airport.

This marathon event on the calendar (an off-road race consisting of more than 500 kilometres) will give competitors a chance to bag even more valuable points towards the overall and various class championships. As this is a marathon race, contestants will score points plus half their amount of points which means that this is a chance for all those riders who need to strengthen their current title situations.

It is also an endurance race where the winners will be those who could combine the reliability and durability of the race machines with that of their stamina and perseverance. And everyone who finish, is a champion.

-credit: www.nwmotorsport.co.za

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