Botswana’s local racing team, Team Scoot, says preparations are progressing well for the highly anticipated Toyota 1000 Desert Race, which will be held at the end of this month.
Team Scoot will field three of their most reliable and trusted racers to compete in the Jwaneng racing extravaganza.
Mogrey ‘Boyce’ Mabille will be driving the porter sand master and competing in the special cars division.
His younger brother, Thato ‘ST’ Mabille, will be riding the quad bike and competing in the bikes race while Kagiso ‘House Master’ Keorapetse will be riding a scrambler, still in the bikes race.
Unfortunately, their latest team member, Sesiti Mogami, will not be competing in this year’s race, due to personal commitments.
In an interview earlier this week, Thato ‘ST’ Mabille revealed that they are currently undergoing intense training at the gym whilst the Team Scoot bikes and porter sand master are undergoing major service in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also added that preparations for the race are well under way and at an advanced stage.
“We have already gone through the stages of medical and physical examinations and we are proud to announce that the whole team is physically and mentally fit for the race.” His elder brother, Mogrey ‘Boyce’ Mabille, blasted the local media for covering their racing activities only when they compete in local racing events. He said that the local media are only interested in local events and never cover them when they compete in races abroad, more especially in South Africa where they normally perform very impressively.
“The biggest challenge right now is sponsorship. We are always on the lookout for potential sponsors who can assist us in different races in return for advertising on our bikes and vehicle,” he said.
Team Scoot recently clinched a sponsorship deal with the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) that will provide financing for, amongst others, minor technical maintenance, fuel and lubricants expenses.