AFRICA INVITATION EVENT PLANNED FOR LEATT-BRACE SA MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX Motorsport South Africa has been given permission to run an Africa Invitation event at the Leatt-Brace South African Motocross Grand Prix, round 10 of this year's world ...
AFRICA INVITATION EVENT PLANNED FOR LEATT-BRACE SA MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX
Motorsport South Africa has been given permission to run an Africa Invitation event at the Leatt-Brace South African Motocross Grand Prix, round 10 of this year's world championship, at the Alkmaar circuit in Nelspruit.
Regulations for the Leatt-Brace SA MX GP, the only world championship event to be run in South Africa this year, have been approved by the FIM, the world controlling body for motorcycle racing, and have been disseminated worldwide. The FIM and Youthstream, the rights holders for the world motocross championship, have given their approval to staging an Africa Invitation race at the Leatt-Brace SA Grand Prix.
"We are delighted with the decision," said SA MX GP clerk of the course Paddy Venske, who is also president of the MSA Motocross Commission. "Wild card entries and the system of qualifying races make it possible for South African riders and those from Africa Motorsport Union countries to compete in the Leatt-Brace SA Grand Prix.
"The system, however, caters only for a limited number of competitors, and some South Africans and riders from Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya end up unable to participate in a world championship event."
Venske said MSA wanted to change the status quo and the Africa Invitation class would provide a major incentive to riders who fail to qualify for the world championship MX1 and MX2 categories. The class would also provide young riders with valuable experience on an international stage, and top women competitors will also be allowed to compete in the category.
"We have an opportunity to showcase the talent of male and female motocross riders in South Africa and other African countries," said Venske. "The class will be a worthy support event to the Grand Prix, and we can guarantee a full entry of 30 riders.
"We are grateful the FIM and Youthstream have accepted that we have a golden opportunity to further promote motocross in Africa."