- The ceremony feted across all groups
- There were 15 national events in 2022
- The federation promised more programs for 2023
The Motorcycle Sports Federation of Kenya (MSFK) has feted its 2022 achievers following a colourful Awards Ceremony held in Nairobi.
The MX-National Champions for 2022 feted were Malla Ng’ong’a awarded for her exploits in the MX ladies junior Class, Dylan Hatanga in MX-50, Lewis Ogonyi in MX-65, Ryan Tiren in MX-85, Neo Wahome in MX-125, Githuku Mungai in MX-1, and David Kahumbu in Vets/Masters Class.
The Enduro National Champions who officially received their trophies were Karen Sehmi, Charan Singh and Hussein Taher awarded in the Senior Classes, and Max Cavenagh, Tommy Cavenagh and Amaya Sidi in the Junior Classes.
The Rally Raid (bike) National Champion was Arjun Mohindra.
MSFK also recognised winners of the Special Awards Category under both Sporting and Beyond sports. They were included Lady rider of the year Ivanca Yongo, Meritorious Award winner Mutahi Wariithi, Sustainability Award won by Women Bikers Association, Women in Motorcycling bestowed to Julie Wahome, Personality of the year award given to Mikhail Berman, Club of the year – East African Motor Sports Club, Karin Bernardi Memorial Trophy (Sporting) awarded to The Young Family and the Angus Young Memorial Trophy (Beyond Sports) presented to Sammy Kiumbe of PBAK.
The motorcycling sporting season for 2022 was a busy year for the MSFK with a total of 15 national series events in motocross (9 events) and enduro (6 events) and three FIM sanctioned events including FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations (MXoAN) and FIM Africa Central African Challenge Cup.
MSFK president impressed by season
During the ceremony held at the Nairobi Polo Club, Renzo Bernardi, President of MSFK remarked: “The 2022 season saw a good return to active motorcycling in Kenya, both in the sporting arena and in beyond sports activities. This was made possible through the dedication and hard work of our members.”
Rendo added: “We saw the highest number of competitors (over 25% increase) in recent history. In addition, the Federation arranged for two international trainers Travis Teasdale and Shannon Terreblanche to boost the technical skills and performance capacity of our Enduro and Motocross riders respectively.”
Renzo also announced that MSFK is well represented on the continental and global front with the appointment of Julie Wahome, Director of Beyond Sports at FIM Africa overseeing the Women in Motorcycling, Environment, Medical and Leisure and Touring Commissions for Africa.
Beyond sports activities
Renzo added that the MSFK is not just a sports federation, its structure is similar to that of FIM, which also includes beyond sports activities such as medical, leisure & touring, road safety & advocacy, sustainability and women in motorcycling.
Beyond sports activities for 2022 included the Concours D’Elegance hosted Alfa Romeo Owners Club and the community engagement programs such as Ubuntu Run, Bikers’ Pray Day, leisure rides, road safety, gender parity, mental health awareness and sustainability initiatives hosted Private Bikers Association of Kenya and Women Bikers Association.
“All this would not have been possible without the volunteers and officials at the club and association level who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of motorcycling in Kenya. They work selflessly behind the scenes, ensuring that events run smoothly, and members have the necessary support and resources to succeed,” concluded Renzo.
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