Last Sunday’s inaugural Muddy Faces Makgakgadi Moonlight Adventure proved a resounding success as the riders raised dust in the moonlight delighting those who braved the bitterly cold conditions to watch the spectacle.
The brain child of internationally acclaimed local motor cross rider Ross Branch and Lola Berrie, of Francistown’s Lobelo Racing Club, the event started late in the afternoon with adult and young riders doing their thing on a flat track in the pan, roughly 50 kilometres south of Gweta village.
The highlight of the moonlight adventure in the dust began at dusk as riders negotiated the tough, and at times treacherous, loop which had sections named after the sponsors.
The bend named after Naledi Motors proved to be the toughest, with nearby marshals having to come to the rescue of several riders who ended up stranded there.
The pan, which glowed mystically in the eerie moonlight, provided a romantic backdrop to the dust and the drones from the bikes.
The younger riders proved the most popular with the crowd, receiving the loudest applause for their efforts.
Most of those who spoke to Voice Sport thought the idea of making motocross a nocturnal activity is sexy and adds excitement and glamour to a sport better known for dust, mud and loud engines.
Meanwhile the event’s organisers expressed their delight at how well received the moonlight adventure was, vowing to make it even better next year.
“For a first I think we have done a good job. Our plan is to make this event one of the Botswana’s tourist attractions,” a visibly excited Branch told Voice Sport.
Berrie echoed these sentiments, saying, “We are grateful to all those who have made this event a success. The sponsors, the spectators, the riders and the media,” before adding that they would work hard to include more fun to next year’s event.