Quad Roof of Africa, Bike Lesotho Sun 400 previews

Quad Roof of Africa inc. Lesotho 400 for motorcycles First round of the SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championships 15 & 16 February 2008 QUAD ROOF OF AFRICA TO TEST MAN AND MACHINE IN LESOTHO After not participating in Lesotho ...

Quad Roof of Africa inc. Lesotho 400 for motorcycles

First round of the SA National Off-road Motorcycle and Quad Championships 15 & 16 February 2008

QUAD ROOF OF AFRICA TO TEST MAN AND MACHINE IN LESOTHO

After not participating in Lesotho during the 2007 national off-road championship, quad racers will return to the Mountain Kingdom to tackle the Quad Roof of Africa that will take place on 15 and 16 February. This event will double-up as the opening round for off-road motorcycle competitors who will compete in the Lesotho 400.

It will be the first time ever in the history of the national off-road quad championship that the four-wheelers will open the season with the Roof of Africa. It will also be the first time that quad racers will have their "own" Roof of Africa and will have to complete a 160 kilometre South loop twice on Friday (15 February) and another 160 kilometre North loop twice on Saturday (16 February). Do not be misled by the short distance; it is estimated that the leaders will spend seven hours in the saddle each day to complete the course!

After competing in the gruelling 2007 Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa, motorcycle competitors will now compete separately in the Lesotho 400 that will be a repeat of the South loop that the quads raced on Friday. It is the first time that the race organisers, Lesotho Off-road Association, have put a race of this structure together in Lesotho.

Now matter what the structure or the race distance, off-road riders enjoy competing in the Roof of Africa with the aim to win or just to finish it. This year will be no different and with exciting new quad models on the scene as well as various new riders and sponsors, the Quad Roof of Africa and Lesotho 400 promise to be an exciting season opener.

Another new and exciting element of the Quad Roof of Africa, is the addition of the SidexSide Class for quads like the Polaris Ranger and Ranger RZR as well as the popular Yamaha Rhino. A handful SidexSides competed in the 2006 Roof of Africa and these competitors enjoyed experiencing the Roof from behind the steering wheel and out of the more comfortable seats of their Big Quads. This class - although not part of the national off-road quad championship - will introduce the SidexSide Class that has been introduced in the North-West Off-road Club Championship.

The route for quad competitors will be "quad-friendly" and riders who competed in the 2006 Roof of Africa will recognize certain sections of the South loop. The North loop will be breaking new ground for the quads and incorporates some of the terrain that the motorcycles used in the 2007 Roof time-trail. For the upcoming event, the start of the race as well as the finish and the central service point will be at Roma situated approximately 35 kilometres from Maseru.

There will be various fuel and service points on the route that are easily accessible for the service crews.

Quad competitors will have to do documentation and scrutineering at the Lesotho Sun on Valentine's Day, Thursday, 14 February from 14h00 and will start the main race on Friday at 07h00 at Roma. The bike riders will start their paperwork and scrutineering on Friday afternoon and will tackle the South loop also at 07h00 from Roma.

-credit: lora

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