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WORLD BMX STARS TO RACE MTN GRAND NATIONALS

By Bardy the Action Scribe

Two of the world’s biggest BMX racing stars, Randy Stumpfhauser and Joey Bradford will add an exciting new dimension to the MTN BMX Grand Nationals, which take place in Kempton Park this weekend.

The two Americans will raise the standard of competition significantly against a host of top South Africans, led by the likes of Sifiso Nhlapo and Gavin Lubbe, who will be hoping home-turf advantage is a key factor.

Stumpfhauser is currently ranked eighth in the world and is the 2007 world championship bronze medalist. The 30-year-old GT Hyundai rider has a total of 15 national and world championship titles, all but one of those as a professional. He won the Cruiser Class world championship for Elite men an unprecedented four consecutive years (2002-2005).

Seventeen-year-old Bradford only turned professional at the end of 2006, but has racked up an impressive 14 world titles and 12 US national titles during his years as a junior. He is the 2007 world championship silver medalist in the junior category.

Sifiso Nhlapo, South Africa’s top-ranked international BMX racer will hope to make some good news phone calls after the MTN BMX Grand Nationals at Kempton Park this weekend. He is one of many top South Africans that will be in action at the country's highest-profile BMX event.

Lubbe has been living and racing in the United States and was runner-up to Bradford at the 2006 US Junior Nationals, while Nhlapo, who will be racing in his new MTN colours for the first time, is a former junior world champion and currently South Africa’s top-ranked international racer, making for a tantalising mix of talent that will be in action on Saturday and Sunday.

A full programme will offer racing through all age categories as the Saturday racing will incorporate Rounds 7 and 8 of the national championship series, with the MTN Grand Nationals, a high-profile, thrill-a-minute spectacle, set to cap off the weekend’s racing on Sunday from 09h00.

Other good BMX news is South Africa will host a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in 2009 and the UCI BMX World Championships in 2010.

The MTN Grand Nationals will take place at the Kempton Park track, Anemoon Street, Glen Marais Ext. 2, Kempton Park.