2018 Motul Roof of Africa: Harder to Ignore

Participants on the start line for 2017 Motul Roof of Africa

For its 51st edition, the Mother of Hard Enduro has undergone an ‘extreme’ make-over. With an all-new route, the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa will provide riders with a challenge that’s worthy of being the next edition of Africa’s oldest off-road race.

Taking place in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho from 5th – 8th December 2018, the Motul Roof of Africa is all about extremes: southern Africa’s highest peaks and passes, and its most beautiful alpine scenery.

With two thirds of this year’s route having never featured in the Roof before and the remaining third consisting of areas that have not featured in the race since 2010, even the most experienced of Hard Enduro riders will find themselves facing new and unfamiliar terrain.

There are also plans afoot, still to be confirmed, for Round the Houses to be moved to a new, spectator and traffic friendly venue on the outskirts of Maseru which promises to offer an exciting start to the weekends racing.

Snow covered passes at 2017 Motul Roof of Africa

Motul Roof of Africa event organiser, Peter Luck, commented that, “With an all-new route, we’re honoured to have the chance to respect the heritage of this race, while still offering Gold, Silver and Bronze riders new challenges and the opportunity to explore previously unseen corners of Lesotho. It’s a fresh new approach to the Mother of Hard Enduro, and will prove that the race is definitely not getting soft in its old age.” He adds, “We have also reviewed the documentation and scrutineering process and have streamlined this as part of the improvements to the Roof this year.”

As the title sponsor for the third consecutive year, Motul Area Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mercia Jansen, explained that “We are thrilled to be associated with this prestigious event again. Our brand is all about innovation and we are very excited by the changes that have been put in place for this year’s event, we know competitors and spectators are going to have a fantastic experience at the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa.”

Jansen further expands on the relationship with this event, “Motul lubricants help riders obtain peak performance from their motorcycles – exactly what they will need if they are to triumph in the 2018 Motul Roof of Africa”.

Crossing a stream at 2017 Motul Roof of Africa

Details of the exciting new route, the documentation and scrutineering process as well as other important information will be released soon.