Local riders broke ahead of Mantshwabisi

Some local riders might fail to participate at this year's race
Some local riders might fail to participate at this year's race

Just a fortnight before the Toyota 1000km Desert Race (TDR), local riders’ participation is in doubt due to financial constraints. The 'ghost' town of Selebi-Phikwe is expected to come to life on June 21 to 23 as it hosts Africa’s biggest off-road motorsport event.

The event popularly known as Mantshwabisi, forms part of the Botswana Motor Sport’s (BMS) fourth and fifth rounds. For the first time since 1991, the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) will not host its third and fourth rounds of motorcycle championships at the race. This comes after the SACCS deemed the three-day event very costly and risky to the riders. The development has left the BMS-licensed riders with a blow, as they have to dig deep into their pockets to make the race.  to page 41

“It will be very costly for us, local bikers to go to the Desert Race, especially those who do not have sponsors. SACCS pulled out their bikes for this year’s event and it is only the BMS national championships,” Gaborone Motor Club public relations officer, Kagiso Stephens told Mmegi Sport.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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