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Thousands of fans, hundreds of bikers and crowds of thrill-seekers flocked Kiganjo Road, just outside Kenya’s capital Nairobi for east Africa’s first ever drag race.

Riding a Ducati 1199 Panigale R, Daniel Fundi emerged victorious in the unpredictable and highly competitive 1000cc category beating Evans in his Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Shaiman who was riding a Yamaha R1M.

Hundreds of adrenaline junkies lined up along the track under the scorching sun to cheer on their favourite riders as the race got onto the latter stages.

In the 600 cc category Jim Buck riding a Suzuki GSX-R-750 trounced Ti Dave and one of the top female riders Emelda Dinda to clinch the win while Eugene won the 400 cc category riding the KTM 390.

Despite not being a professional rider, Fundi took part in the race just to have fun.

“I have trained. This guy, Shaiman is my teacher who has taught me a lot about superbikes. Those early day i was a motocrosser, a known one. So by luck some guys managed to pull me you can do something on this big bike. So i tried my first bike was RS24, i still ride it. So today i was just showing off for the crowds,” he said.

With the event now in its third year, Dinda feels that more female riders should participate given how excellent she performed.

“Being a female in this event, actually in my category being a female participant was just challenging because i was the only lady in my category. So once you put me up with people like Edu the Chef, you put me up with people like Geoffrey Gitaka, you put me up with the likes of Jamal i expect, there’s the pressure that comes. So i have to tell myself again, you are a lady so try prove this guys wrong. So being a female participant has its challenges and also has its advantages. This is why i want more female participants to come up. I am calling out more female participants to register, practice and participate in this event,” she said.

Still in its early stages the event attracted a significant number of fans who made the event more entertaining despite fears of crowd safety.

“The event was good, to me personally I can say the event was successful. But what I think is they could put some more advertising to it. It wasn’t known to so many so. Like me I knew few days ago. I think yesterday morning to be precise. So if more advertising could be put into it that many people will know. Many people love sports many people love bikes, it would be much better,” said a fan.

Deejay Stylez, one of the organizers of the race said the event has had a positive journey and they are looking to make it bigger and better.

“The first race we ever did was in 2013 when we were completely green and event the whole racing phenomenon was very green to us. We did one race in 2013, it was okay the turnout was good, we were green professionally. In 2014 we kicked it up a notch and then in 2015 it picked up however, we had one or two incidences that slowed the momentum down. Like I said superbike racing is a bit of a dangerous sport so we had to take time to gather ourselves. 2016 we took another break, 2017 we took another break. So we are back in 2018 with a bang. Last year in 2017 actually we did one event to just get a feel of what we like to do. This year we have a full calendar, we have a full season, three major races, you can’t afford to miss,” said Stylez.

With over 40 riders and close to 2,000 fans, the event ended successfully. The next event which hasn’t been scheduled will include a full circuit, as they look to grow the sport further, regionally and across Africa.