Zimbabwe's emerging motor cross talent

HARARE - Talented young riders Big Jnr Chitima, Tanya Muzinda and Ryan Masimo look set to continue Zimbabwe’s status as a continental motor cross powerhouse.

At just 7-years-old Chitima, Muzinda and Masimo are part of crop of grassroots talent that has taken the sport by storm.

The trio topped the national motocross championship in the pewees class last month and are expected to play a part in helping Zimbabwe’s push for world dominance.

Though numbers of Zimbabwean riders is limited, their quality has been unmatched on the continent this season.

The trio are part of growing list of talented Zimbabwean motor cross champions that includes nine-year-old Tristan Granger led the way in a dominant season for local riders with a phenomenal display on the continental stage.The budding youngster won five titles across Africa.

Granger is currently the 2012 50A Motocross South Africa (MSA) Champion, Fim 50cc Africa Champion, Fim 50cc Southern African Champion, Zimbabwe 50cc Club Champion and the FIM Africa Champion.

Sixteen-year-old Jayden Ashwell has not been left out of the mix as he is currently the  MX2 MSA champion as well as the  Fim MX2 Africa Champion.

To add to his growing list of accolades, Ashwell recently won the Zimbabwe National MX2 Championship.

Devon Cocker has also been in superb form in the 65cc and did well to win the national motocross championships in that class.

Wade Ashwell and the Zvishavane based brothers of Tafadzwa and Mike Mawarire have been in a class of their own in the 85cc.

The list also includes former Belgium, United States and England based Sean Mitchell, who captained Zimbabwe in FIM Africa Motocross Championship staged at the Uganda recently and came home with gold in the MX1.

The 21-year-old successfully defended his African MX1 title .

Bogwheelers Chairman Garry Granger believes the emergence of youthful talent is the right antidote for the future of the sport.

Bogwheelers Club of Harare run the sport of motocross in Zimbabwe.

Motorsport Federation spokesmen Themba Mazvimbakupa urged the corporate world to partner local riders.

Zimbabwe is expected host an illustrious cast of seasoned riders from as far the United States during the forthcoming Summer Series

Close to 160 riders drawn from as far as the United States of America will battle for honours in Zimbabwe’s premier motorcycling event spread over four days on selected days between 8-16 December .

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