The Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship enters the second half of the season this weekend, with round four taking place at Uis on Saturday.
Uis is a settlement located in the Dâures constituency, in the former Damaraland.
The Uis race, co-sponsored by Central Earth Moving and Brandberg Rest Camp, comprises a mix of technical and fast riding, with sections passing through quarries and super soft white dunes.
The rivalry between the country’s top Enduro riders in the Open Motorbikes Class, Henner Rusch and Marcel Henle, will once again be the major highlight of the race at Uis.
Rusch (35) and Henle (17) have won three races between them so far this year in the Bank Windhoek Enduro Championship, with only three points separating the two riders.
Rusch leads the standings with 57 points, while Henle has 54 points, with Gernot Bahr at a distant third on 30 points. In the Senior Motorbike Riders Class, Joern Greiter (KTM) will seek to consolidate his overall lead, while last year’s winner, Frank Ahlreip (KTM), and Kai Hohmeier (KTM), remain in contention for top honours.
The Clubmans Motorbike Class is set for an exciting race as Championship leader Juergen Gladis (KTM) and youngster Liam Gilchrust (Husqvarna) are expected to up their game. Wayne Schablinski (KTM) and the winner at Otjihase, Duard Wiese (KTM), are in with a chance too.
In the Off-road Bikes Class, Championship leader Teddy Kausch (KTM) will be looking for another victory this weekend, but it is not going to be easy with the likes of Johan van der Merwe (KTM) and young talent Keanu Weber-Trianus (KTM) also capable of winning the race.
In the Open Quads Class, JL Oppermann (Honda) and 2016 champion, Shannon Rowland (Honda), will battle it out for top honours.
Dylan Hilfiker (KTM) is favourite to win the race in the Development Class.
The Namibian Enduro Club offers quad and off-road motorbike enthusiasts the possibility to enjoy the enduro sport and encourages newcomers to join.
According to the Namibian Enduro Club website, the race is expected to attract around 70 riders (quads and motorbikes) from across the country.
“The majority is unfortunately male. We expect at least one female motorbike riders and three female quad riders,” reads the website.