Name: LATEEF Olusunmibare
Race Number: 44
From Kwara State comes this Civil Engineer / oil and gas professional who rides with the name “Ebony”.
According to Ebony, the thrill gotten from biking cannot be found in any other sports or whatever other activity one might indulge him or herself in.
“There is no explanation to it, thus, you gotta do it to know and understand and appreciate it”, he says.
For him, racing is about how much you can control, is about continuity and is a constant drive towards perfection.
He is one of the very few who can boast of having attended The BT from the inaugural year of 2013. Before The BT, there was the dirt bike races (MotoCrossNaija) of which he was also a part.
The BT 2016 will be his first time on the starting Grid and he will do that with a Kawasaki ZX6R in the SUPERSPORT (600cc) Category. According to him, the aim of any racer is to win but if it does not happen for him this year, his blast from Urhonigbe to Ugbokirima will be enough “victory”.
Name: MUSA Ibrahim
Race Number: 50
He is popularly known as Manga.
A businessman that sees racing as the ultimate hobby.
His admiration for Superbikes and interest in racing has come a long way and the time, he says, is just right now for motocycle racing.
Motorcycle has been and is his preferred form of mobility and transportation for years and has toured round the country on his motorbikes.
He believes it is now time to go racing. It is a needed progression.
Manga will be racing with his Suzuki GSXR1000.
Name: TAYO Taiwo
Race Number: 36
TTT is an IT Consultant that hails from Ogun State but resident in the FCT.
Has been on the fast lane until The BT raised the bar and handed him a platform. He is here to have fun and enjoy the thrill of existence. Been racing for 4 years but this is his first competitive BT.
His non familiarity of The BT trajectory and safety concerns forced him not to race in 2015. TTT will race the Yamaha YZF R1 and says his aim is a podium finish.
Name: IBUKUNOLUWA Ogunlola
Race Number: 11
He is a businessman and includes his hobby as Mechanical engineering.
For someone who doesn’t force himself to do anything, racing thus comes to him with ease. With a height that would be considered by many to be perfect for basketball, Superbike and Sama are a perfect fit. His preferred bike is the Kawasaki ZX10R.
SAMA had always wanted to race but the absence of a closed course prior to The BT had delayed his shot at glory and self actualization. With the BT offering him the opportunity, he is strapped and ready to roll out yet again at The BT 2016.
The former Obafemi Owolowo University (O.A.U.) Team Basketball star aims to improve his controversial 3rd position from last year’s event.
“I am here to race against time and time is the greatest challenge and enemy to beat”, says SAMA. With a personal ambition to do sub 10 minutes lap time over the 33 Kilometres track, he is the guy to look out for especially on his red modified and properly race set-up ZX10R.
Name: NGUGU Armstrong
Race Number: 06
He is a Computer Programmer and a Safety Personnel student.
His love for racing has been built since age four. He says he is grateful that his passion for motorcyle racing is supported by his parents, particularly his late mum.
He believes he was born to race.
Teflon raced his 1995 Honda Fireblade 900cc to second position in The BT 2014.
Armstrong missed The 2015 BT due to some logistical problems setting up his CBR for the race.
For The BT 2016, Armstrong will be aboard the 2014 CBR1000RR and believes the top step of the podium is his destiny.
Race Number: 03
A security expert and trainer.
Rodney, an American, aka Busa has been racing since he was 8 years old. Evidently, it is enough to say that he is a petrolhead.
On his arrival in Nigeria and after two years of professional duties, he believed he had learned enough of the Nigerian environment to ship his bike to Nigeria having missed riding.
His first BT run was in 2014 and it has been a love affair since then.
A Crash in The BT 2015 put paid to his ambitions to win the Above 1000cc category. With the new technical regulations on engine displacement restrictions by the MSCN, Busa seems undeterred and hopes to return to the grid with either a 1000CC or a 600CC engine displacement bike to live his passion yet still.
He is excited with the challenge that The BT has fought to conquer the motor sports back drop in Nigeria, Busa races to show his support and believe in the future of the sports.
Name: ALHAMID Alihu
Alias: SpeedKing ‘SK’
Race Number: 42
Alhamid is a proud member of Hard Riders Motorcycle Club based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He has different modes of transport of which are two wheels only; Motorised or otherwise
“I am Known by different names in the Biking World and they are all related” he says as he smiles, thus, you better pick one of his many aliases, some of which are ‘Solomon’ to alot of associates and ‘The Wise One’ to some. To others, he is also known as the ‘SpeedKing’ abbreviated to ‘SK’. Very few know him as Alhamid.
Speed King has amassed a lot of mileage and he lines up at The BT 2016 Grid aboard a Kawasaki ZX6R machine. The same version of the bike that won the 2015 and 2016 World SuperSport Championships in the World Superbikes.
His familiarity with his bike and the passion he has for racing is why he believes the 600cc power plant is quick and competitive enough to cause a championship ruckus.
Well experienced with maxed out tickets for track days at the famous Brands Hatch and Donington Park circuits in the UK, Alhamid is poised on just one goal and one goal alone – post the fastest time around the 33Km track on a 600cc.