Twenty three year old Godfrey Buziba showed his return to form when he claimed top points at the final 5th and 6th Legs of the BMX SA Grand National series in Gauteng at the weekend.
Having recovered from a slight injury, Buziba took to the track and rode consistent heats to take top honours in the Elite Men category.
A fairly small field of 140 participants rose to the challenges of the technical Kempton Park BMX circuit, which presented exciting racing over the course of the weekend and fortunately no major injuries.
The competitive categories saw local Kempton Park BMX Club rider Alex Dolman (12 Expert) and Queensburgh BMX Club’s Dylan Eggar (13 Expert) deliver top results, with five of the ten riders in the 14 Expert category in a position to take the victory.
Alrode BMX Club’s Alex Limberg (16 Expert) scored a full house over the course of the weekend when he won all of his heats, as did Germiston BMX Club’s Karabo Malemela (6 and Under Expert), Kempton Park’s Lauren Coetzee (12-14 Girls) and Kita Uys (Girls 8 and Under), winning every single race.
Four novice BMX riders from the songo.info development team, based in Kayamandi near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, thoroughly enjoyed the racing that the weekend presented. “The songo.info riders had a great day of racing; it was an eye opener for them, but it would be great to see teams like theirs taking part in the whole series next year,” said Cycling SA BMX Director Margot Gerber.
Buziba, who confessed before the weekend that the Kempton Park track was not one of his favourites, was ecstatic with his victory: “I had to bear with it and just go!” laughs the Springs local representing the Germiston BMX Club. “I think that I was more consistent in all the heats than everyone else. I won three races on Sunday. In one of the finals I came down, but overall my points were really good in all the races.
“I put aspects of the track together and managed to ride really strong. I got through the Pro section really fast, which I was pleased about. Outside gate starts are not the best, but it worked to my advantage – there was strong competition on the inside of the track, so I would be forced to go wide into the first corner, but I managed to carry that momentum through to come out fast.”