KYLE Townsend, a grade 3 learner from Grey Junior School, has been chosen to race in the 2016 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations in Nairobi in August.
Kyle started racing MX bikes last year in the 50cc class for the Rover Motorcycle Club. In 2015, he was placed first in the 50cc class in the club and was named Junior Rider of the Year.
Towards the end of this year, Kyle will upgrade to the 65cc class.
Currently, Kyle is in third position in the 50cc class of the World of Motorsport SA (WOMZA) series, fifth in the Motorsport SA (MSA) series and first in the Rover Motorcycle Club series.
“His dedication and devotion to succeeding in what he loves doing, is admirable,” said his father, Neville.
Kyle has received no coaching in MX biking apart from that of his parents and has a true love for the sport.
“He truly loves Motocross; he breathes MX from when he wakes up through to bed time—it’s just MX. If he is up early, rest assured he will be watching YouTube videos of the USA Pro’s and trying to learn new techniques,” said Neville.
The top five riders in every class have been invited to compete in the 2016 FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations.
“This is a prestigious invite and not many kids get this opportunity. It’s obviously every kid’s dream to race in the big league and to race for their country is even bigger.”
The event is set to take place from August 19 to 21 and it is the rider’s responsibility to get there and back.
Close friends and family are scrambling to raise the funds to get Kyle to Kenya for the competition and they are seeking help from the community. They need to raise at least R60 000 to make it work.
They are hosting a fundraiser called K2K (Kyle 2 Kenya) and hope to raise the necessary funds through a combination of sponsorships, individual donations and raffles.
Among the many prizes that have been donated is a helmet signed by Supercross rider, Michael Kok, a night at the Radisson Blu Hotel worth R2 000, and an iPhone 5s sponsored by the Vodacom store in the Baywest Mall.
A weekend at Africanos Country Estate in Addo is also up for grabs.
AutoMotorcycles PE arranged a Funduro day at the Rover MX Club on July 23 to help raise funds where the prizes will be raffled.
A Music Trivia evening will also be held on July 8.
For more info, go to www.ktmx.co.za or contact Neville on 082 990 2547.