May 16, 2018

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2018 Roof of Africa: Local cyclists book their place

2018 Roof of Africa: Local cyclists book their place

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MASERU - Two Basotho, Basia 'Maseatile and Timello Tšolo, emerged among the top 100 motorcyclists at the Roof of Africa Bronze Qualifier 2018 at Ha Ramabanta on Saturday. The duo were among 280 motorcyclists vying for a place in the top 100 of the Bronze Class during the 2018 Roof of Africa Rally due to be staged in Lesotho later this year.

Lesotho Off Road Association (LORA) Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Keketso Malebo said 'Maseatile and Tšolo made it to the top 100 amid the cold and rainy weather, which made manoeuvring through the rough terrain a challenge, yet they still managed to conquer and book their places among the qualifiers.

Mr. Malebo said the good performance was the result of the enduro training bases that the local motorcyclists underwent to bring them up to standard on the demanding race, adding that this time it was tougher because of the rain. “The condition posed a challenge that our motorcyclists had to overcome to display their worth,” he said, adding that the training they took prior to the Roof of Africa Bronze Qualifiers was the one that helped sharpen Moretlo's performance. The 50th Edition of the Motul Roof of Africa Rally held last year saw Basia 'Maseatile being awarded a trophy for being the first Mosotho to finish in the bronze class.

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The same race drew participation from international champions including the 2016 defending British champion, Graham Jarvis who failed to defend his title by coming third after Travis Teasdale in the gold category on the second day of the race held at Thaba-Putsoa last year.
The same category saw Wade Young race to the top of the Roof of Africa leader-board to take control of proceedings on the second day in what became a battle of South Africans, while day one winner Teasdale chased winner Young home for second position. Lena

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