2010 Roof of Africa The COMPETITORS

_The Mother of Hardenduro 25 - 27 November 2010 (Lesotho - Africa)

_The Mother of Hardenduro 25 - 27 November 2010 (Lesotho - Africa) _


Entries are still streaming in for the 42nd running of the traditional Roof of Africa race, this year sponsored again by the German company, Baboons, as well as Lesotho Sun. More than 250 motorcycle competitors from all over the world have already confirmed their participation in this year's edition that will take place from 25th to 27th November 2010 in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Most of the top international extreme enduro motorcycle riders have entered the event that will form part of the 2011 World Xtreme Enduro Championship. To date, over 20 entries have been received from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico and the UK. The race organisers, Adventure Lesotho Pty Ltd, expect more than 300 entrants to start the three day event on Thursday, 25 November.

The Kiwi and double Roof of Africa winner, Chris Birch (Brother Broadlink KTM) will aim for a hat-trick after winning this race in 2008 and 2009. Birch won the gruelling Red Bull Romaniacs for the first time earlier this year and will be a tough contender. Two more New Zealand riders will join him - Michael Skinner (Team Liquorland Racing KTM) and Philip Cheater (KTM) will try to follow their fellow-Kiwi racer's example in the Lesotho Mountain Kingdom.

The extreme enduro rider from the UK, Paul Bolton (Brother Broadlink KTM) will compete in the Baboons Lesotho Sun Roof of Africa for the first time. Bolton - a privateer - is rated as one of the Top 10 Extreme Enduro riders in the world and honed his skills as a trials rider. He has claimed several podium positions at some of the world's toughest races including a third place at the 2008 Erzberg Harescramble.

The Husqvarna riders will be out to prove a point. Andreas "Letti" Lettenbichler, who won the 2009 Red Bull Romaniacs event, impressed friends and foe last year when he was amongst the last starters after receiving a penalty during the time-trial, but fought his way back into overall contention by the end of Friday. Unfortunately, he damaged his BMW G450X mere kilometres from the finish on Saturday and could not complete the race. This year he will fight on a two stroke Husqvarna.

The Finland born Simo Kirssi, who is living in Germany, will join Letti in the Husqvarna SA squad. It will be interesting to see how this multiple European and German Cross Country champion will enjoy his first extreme enduro race on a Husqvarna.

Letti and Kirssi will be joined by Gerhard Foster (at 43 one of the oldest competitive riders) who has finished as the runner-up at the Romaniacs event in 2007 and 2008. He rides on a BMW 450.