Master Power Technologies is a proud sponsor for Gareth “BATMAN” van der Merwe, who will be competing in the Silver Class at Motul Roof of Africa 2016.
In 1967, road engineer Bob Phillips approached the Sports Car Club in Johannesburg. He asked them if they would like to run a race over the worst road in the world that he had just finished building. The Roof of Africa was born!
The Roof of Africa gained popularity and soon The Star newspaper sponsored it. further promoting what was fast becoming a legend. In 1969 motorcycles starting competing against the cars and the event was soon split into two categories.
The event continued to grow through the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Up until 1982, the event ran right across Lesotho with overnight stops in either Matatiele or Sani Pass. From 1982 the event was kept within the borders of Lesotho.
By 2000, Off-Road car racing was a highly specialised sport with big manufacturer involvement. Single vehicles were now costing multi-million Maloti and the Roof became “too tough” for them, which is why cars were scrapped from the event. This was in fact the rebirth of the Roof of Africa with record motorcycle entries were received. The event is now so popular that a qualifying event for the bronze category is held.
Worldwide, Hard Enduro or Extreme Enduro became popular and the Roof became known as the mother of hard enduro.
Class Info and Riding Conditions
Bikes are divided into three classes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze – who follow the less difficult route. The conditions favour light two stroke machines and the event is usually won by a 250cc or 300cc class machine.
- Any type of motorcycle may be used
- Trial tyres may NOT be used
- Lights are optional but recommended
The altitude varies from 1,500 masl (meters above sea level) in the lowlands to nearly 3,000 masl in the mountains.
The route comprises of sand and rock tracks with hard surfaces and donkey passes through steep mountain passes. Several deep rivers may have to be crossed depending on weather conditions.