Grainger eyes Summer Series comeback

HARARE - Zimbabwe motocross starlet Tristan Grainger is hoping to use the Zimbabwe Summer Series that gets underway on Saturday to rediscover the form that saw him complete a memorable season last year.

The country’s premier motocross competition will be held over four days, with two motocross events on December 7 and 15 and two supercross races on the nights of December 11 and 13.

The former Ruzawi Primary School pupil, who will be competing in the 65 cc, had a stellar 2012 season in the 50cc class.

His performances on a KTM 50SX saw him become a household name on the African continent.

The 10-year-old, however, failed to continue his merry run after injuring his thigh bone five months ago.

“I’m not putting any pressure on him,” said Tristan’s father, Gary Grainger, who is also the chairman of the Bogwheelers Club which runs motocross in Zimbabwe.

“I want him to get back to riding again. Next year is our championship year. We are running the full Zimbabwe circuit, the full South African circuit and hopefully the world championship.”

Grainger, who will be riding a KTM 65, is likely to face stiff competition from locals Devon Cocker, Mudiwa Chigumba, Regan Bond and South Africa’s Camron Durogh.

Grainger will be hoping to give fans a taste of the form that saw him win the Motocross South Africa (MSA) Championship in the 50cc pro last year.

At the MSA, young Grainger flew the country’s flag high when he managed to secure the 2012 MSA 50cc prop championship on his KTM 50SX.

Not only did the 10-year-old excel in South Africa, but it was the icing to the cake which had already seen him securing three other championships held across Africa.

Grainger  list of accolades last year included winning the 50cc FIM Africa Champion, FIM Southern African Champion, Zimbabwe Club Champion and the Zimbabwe National Championship.

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