Mitchell to captain Zim motorcross team

HARARE - Sean Mitchell will lead a Zimbabwean motocross team hard-pressed to impress at the much-anticipated Summer Series which gets underway today at Donnybrook.

The motocross extravaganza is spread over four days on selected days between December 6 and 18.

The former Europe-based Mitchell will be one of the local riders expected to carry the country’s hopes of the nation, where skill and speed is likely to win the day.

A field of close to 160 riders drawn from America, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana as well as locally will battle it out in Zimbabwe’s premier motorcycling event.

Fans will be treated to two spectator-friendly Supercross (night racing) events as well as two motocross events.

Three American motocross riders Jerrad Fisher, Cole Barbieri and Dare DeMartile lead the foreign contingent.

But more than the inter-country rivalry and the national pride at stake, riders will be battling for personal glory, none more so that local rivals Mitchell and Jayden Ashwell, who compete in the MX1 category.

Ashwell is currently MX1 local club champion. He is also currently MX2 MSA champion and the Fim MX2 Africa Champion.

Mitchell on the other hand is the current Fim MX1 African champion. He has not however, competed on the local scene for some time now.

The two are probably Zimbabwe’s brightest talents and this will be the first time they fight it out not only for honours but for year-long bragging rights.

“For me I’m looking forward to the tournament,” said Mitchell.

“I was recently in Uganda, training younger riders there. Before that I spent some time in England testing with teams and I had couple of races and won couple of teams.”

Mitchell is looking beyond Ashwell.

“I was second four seconds faster than (Ashwell) in the practise rounds, so I’m quite confident.  Actually I think my biggest threat will be the SA champion.”

Said Ashwell: “I have always wanted to race Sean since the beginning of the year,” he said.

Ashley Thixton, a multiple Zimbabwean champion, will also be in the mix in the MX1. The 19-year-old with his Yamaha YZ450F could spring a surprise in this category.

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