HARARE - Zimbabwe motocross youngster Emmanuel Bako is confident ahead of the South African National Motocross Championships scheduled for this weekend at Harrismith in Free State.
The Heritage Primary School Grade Three student, is one of the Zimbabwean raiders that will take part in the meet.
Kuda Mhene is another Zimbabwean raider, who is also expected to take part in the event.
Bako, who recently won the first Zimbabwe national race for 2015, coming first in both the 50cc and 65cc B Class is scheduled to leave for South Africa on Friday in the company of his father Brighton.
Brighton told the Daily News yesterday that in South Africa his son will race in the 50cc pro and 65cc A Class.
“He is more excited and raring to go,” he said. “He has been training for this with his coach Stanley Mugiyo for a while now. He is also saying he is ready and we are looking forward to a good outing.
“He will be racing in the 50cc and 65cc A Class. He seems very comfortable with his new bikes the KTM 50 (2015) and the KTM 65 (2015) and we will also take our own bikes there.
“This is not the first time he has competed in this event. The last time we went there he finished second in most of his races but he has developed well and I expect him to excel this time around.
Brighton also paid tribute to his son’s sponsors Prolific Borehole Drillers, who fund the eight-year-old’s travelling costs.
“I want to thank his sponsors for being there for him. Their presence has made everything easy for us,’ he said.
“Motorsport is an expensive sport but because of Prolific Borehole Drillers our life has been made easy and left to concentrate on racing only.”
Bako, who is without doubt one of the fast rising Zimbabwean motocross rider, has been riding since he was four years old and has won numerous motocross titles at junior level in the country.
The eight-year old has had a fairy tale start to his motocross career winning six of his seven national series races en route to being crowned champion.