Motorsport: Women in motocross light up racing at Garuga, Abigail Katende takes command

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Author: Frank Kaheesi

The growth rate and engagement of women in motocross is quite impressive for Uganda that’s at line of hosting two international events in 2022.

At race fronts, in the Junior classes, Abigail Katende took command of 50CC Jnrs waiting to be crowned champion.

She(katende) didn’t easily sail through to winning class title on a total of 285 points,  but had fierce battles with Faith Deedan and Mary Nakabugo until the last round.

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This saw Abigail scope two tittle, as the best 50cc Jnr and best lady rider for same class.

Battling with boys in the 50cc elite, Jamairah Makumbi proved mightier until  last race,when she only lost the title by nine points to class victor Filbert Muwonge who gunned a total of 279 points.

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Muwonge got into a nail-biting situation when Makumbi won the second heat, and could only best breathe when he won the last heat of the three.

Abigail Mwagala had a clean sheet celebrating her tittle victory in 65CC ladies as she had no direct competitor, but try match the top boys in 65.

The Lato Milk-sponsored Katende brothers, seemed unbeatable in 65 category, as they dominated the 1-2 positions in almost all the season races,2021.

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More talent prospects were witnessed in 85  with Jerome Mubiru dominating,and Shamilah Kateete commanding ladies, as her big sister Shadia Kateete commanded 125 category.

Kylan Wekesa was fully blazing all season in 125CC, Paddy Roldin Blick in MX2 as his elder brother Alestair Blick Jnr who also juggles around motor rally navigation with their father Arthur Blick Jnr won MX1 title,and latter won veteran class after only participating in three races from a sabbatical.

2022 seems promising with more talents under recruitment.

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