21st February 2018
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Botswana’s motocross and off road sensation Vincent Crosbie is back in the saddle after winning the Malotwane national championship race this past weekend. The indomitable Crosbie who conquered the treacherous Dakar Rally in 2016 faced a lot of adversary that threatened his riding career last year. This past Saturday, Crosbie’s rivals were left behind in a cloud of dust as the talented rider rode to victory in the elite 450 cc category. Last year, Crosbie endured a freak accident when a trailer used to haul his bike fell on his hand and left him with a fracture. Crosbie had to do two operations before his hand could come back to normal. Nevertheless, this was not the only injury the ace rider had to endure.

The Dakar conquering hero sustained another injury while competing at last year’s 1000 km Toyota Desert Race. The injury left him with a ruptured stomach muscle. This past weekend, the ambitious rider proved his resilience when he successfully competed in the popular Malotwane off road race. “I started riding the bike two weeks ago. That is when the doctors cleared me to race,” Crosbie said. The rider said it took him a total of four month before he could return to action. “It is nice to be back, I needed to know that I could return to the level that I was in before. However, I still need to return to the level of competitiveness, that I was in before,” he said.

The likeable sports hero said the crowd welcomed him back with warm hands during the Malotwane race. Crosbie completed the race 200km race distance in 2hrs 49 minutes while Robert Pollock followed in second place at 2hours 59 minutes. “I have a big race coming up in South Africa in two weeks. There is another race in Gaborone on 17th March.” Meanwhile Crosbie has expressed more hunger for the world famous Dakar Rally which stretches over 10 000 km in the unforgiving South American desert. In January 2019 we are going back to the Dakar Rally. Sponsorship money is still far off but we have started with good sponsors already. Crosbie currently rides for the Peak Yamaha team. Some of Crosbie’s sponsors include Noble Supplies, USN Botswana, O3 Beverages and De Vrye Transport.

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