The Motorcycle Sports Federation of Kenya (MSFK) Annual Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 10th February in Karen.
The annual event will not only celebrate excellence in various Motorcycle Sports disciplines but also recognize invaluable contributions of the community to the broader spectrum of “Beyond Sports”.
Renzo Bernardi, President of MSFK remarked: “MSFK is not just a sports federation, its structure is similar to that of FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), which also includes ‘beyond sports’ activities such as medical, leisure and touring, road safety and advocacy, sustainability and women in motorcycling..”
Beyond sports activities for 2023 included the prestigious Concours D’Elegance hosted Alfa Romeo Owners Club as well as community engagement programs such as Ubuntu Run, Bikers’ Pray Day, leisure rides, road safety, gender parity, mental health awareness and sustainability initiatives hosted Private Bikers Association of Kenya and Women Bikers Association.
As is the norm, the occasion will fete all National Championship winners in Motocross, Enduro and Rally Raid (Bike Class) as well as Regional Champions in the prestigious FIM Africa Central Africa Challenge (CAC)- traditionally held on a home- and-away basis in Kenya and Uganda.
Uganda hosted the initial round of the CAC series in April 2023 with Kenya hosting the return leg at Jamhuri Park Racetrack in December.
— FIM Sanctioned Championships–
Athletes who represented the Country at the FIM sanctioned events will also earn recognition for their resilience against foreign riders.
What’s more, the 15 competitors who represented the country at the 2023 FIM Africa CAC (MX) in Uganda will be appreciated at the ceremony.
Eighteen dedicated competitors who did duty for Kenya in the FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations (MXOAN) in Cape Town will also be feted.
The occassion will also recognise a Kenyan who graced the Roof of Africa (Hard Enduro) in Lesotho.
— Special Awards—
MSFK Special Awards category will feature both Sporting and Non-Sporting recipients.
These are the Angus Young Award, Karin Bernardi Award, Lady Rider of the Year, Meritorious Award, Sustainability Award, Women in Motorcycling, Personality of the Year, Club of the Year as well as Appreciation Plaques for various notable personalities who made valued contribution to the sport.
Renzo continued: “As a token of appreciation, all national series riders for the 2023 season will be honored with a certificate of participation.”
The motorcycling sporting season for 2023 featured a total of 19 national series events: 9 in motocross 6 in enduro and 4 in rally raid (bike category) as well as three FIM sanctioned events including FIM Africa Motocross of African Nations (MXoAN) and FIM Africa Central African Challenge Cup.
“Our success in 2023 would not have been possible without the contribution of our volunteers and officials at club and association level who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of motorcycling in Kenya. They work selflessly behind the scenes, ensuring that events run smoothly, and that riders have the necessary support and resources to succeed,” concluded Renzo.