Benzinge, Mbuki sweep motorcross awards at the weekend

Monday, February 12th, 2024 01:24 | By
Atete Benzinge poses with the Lady Rider of the Year award. PHOTO/Sportpicha
Atete Benzinge poses with the Lady Rider of the Year award. PHOTO/Sportpicha

Motorcross stars Atete Benzinge and Apollo Mbuki were honored at the Motorcycle Sports Federation of Kenya (MSFK) Awards held at Offroad Adventures EA in Karen over the weekend.

Benzinge, recognized as Lady Rider of the Year, impressed in the National and FIM Central Africa Motocross Challenge (CAC), securing third place in the MX85 category at the FIM African Motocross of African Nations in Cape Town.

Mbuki, a seasoned rider, earned the MSFK Meritorious Award for consecutive MX1 Championship titles, finishing second regionally and seventh in Africa.

Super bikers Sarmad Asif and Altaf Hussein were celebrated for their resilience and determination in two-wheel sports.

The East African Motor Sports Club (EAMSC) clinched Club of the Year for the second year, with Chairman Mutahi Wariithi receiving the trophy.

Shanna Kandie received the Women in Motorcycling Award, and the Sustainability award went to Tom Harlings.

Karan Sehmi was honored with the Beaulah Schoeman Award by rally driver Karan Patel, who is also the FIA African Rally Champion.

The awards preceded the first round of the Kenya National Motocross Championship at Jamhuri Park yesterday.

MSFK president Renzo Bernardi congratulated the winners and revealed plans to open competition to the Eastern and Central Africa region.

This move aims to enable riders to participate through a simplified regional licensing system, fostering skill development.

To enhance efficiency for all members, Renzo highlighted restructuring efforts, aligning with FIM standards by creating a sports commission and beyond sports commission, each headed by a chair.
“We believe that this robust structure will provide a firm foundation to fully exploit the potential for growth in the future,” he averred.

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