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The 2022 Khawa Dune Challenge and Cultural Festival ‘wildebeest quad bike category’ defending champion Mogolo Sechube from Maun and his team have started preparations for this year’s event that will be held from the 27-29 April.
Riding his Yamaha 450R quad bike at last year’s event, Sechube was crowned the champion for the 2022 best comer and first place wildebeest quad rider clocking 5 hours 44 minutes seconds in the Quad Bike 500km Challenge.
In an interview, Sechube who is also Team Maun treasurer, said preparations for this year’s challenge are going well at individual level. Though, the team has not participated in any competition since last year due to limited resources, he however noted that on the overall they are ready for this year’s challenge.
“All our preparations are being carried out in Maun and we are currently mobilising finances and finalising the logistics for accommodation and travel arrangements as well as bike repairs to ensure they are in a good state for the challenge,” said Sechube.
He said that his team consists of 11 riders, and six among them have indicated their intention to take part this year, further indicating that tentatively they are expecting half of the riders to participate in the challenge.
“I look forward to a more competitive race, outside the rookie category, and will use last year experience to give my “personal best” improved performance,” he assured.
On the other hand, Sechube noted that in the previous event as a rookie he had the obvious challenge of lack of experience in riding at such a competitive race and an equally unique terrain, where one had to concur the sand dunes –all which he said were an experience and eye opener.
He noted that it would be more beneficial if riders could have personal sponsors or stakeholders to assist with training facilities to reduce the financial cost of preparation and participation. Sechube suggested that the Khawa Dune Challenge should engage more with riders during the period leading up to the event to ensure that all the logistics around accommodation are taken care of. This would also include ensuring that participants acclimatise themselves with the designated routes beforehand.
The Maun team members who participated at the last year’s event are , Tops Ledimo, Lawrence Lecha, Kgosi Totang Dingalo, Mogae Lekau, Cuthbert Nkala, Masale Maoto, Seolebale Mokgadi, Mogomotsi Motlapele, Wanano Lumbile and Luando Antonio.