Forget Ryan Villopoto vs. James Stewart, or American vs. Belgium, the biggest rivalry in motocross is the Central African grudge-race between Kenya and Uganda.
No nation really likes their neighbours (hello France!) and it’s no different in equatorial Africa, where the small communities of racers from both countries like nothing more than giving the suckers from next door a pasting and banging bars for bragging rights as the regional top dog in the FIM-backed (Federation International Motorcyclisme) Central African Motocross Challenge.
“The biggest rivalry in motocross is the Central African grudge-race between Kenya and Uganda.”
Considering the sport is tiny and far beyond the financial reach of the vast majority of the population, it’s surprisingly well supported, featuring on prime time Kenyan news at every round.