Young Bako chases motocross dream

HARARE - As the emergence of black motocross riders continues to grow in the country, fledgling biker Emmanuel Bako has already set himself big aspirations in the sport.

Starting his racing career at the age of four, Emmanuel has had an impressive run on the motocross circuit earning more than 40 medals and several trophies in his short career, despite being only eight years old.

His motocross skills have seen him being crowned Zimbabwe national Pee Wee series champion, which saw him gain popularity among the riders at Donnybrook, a fitting achievement by the young rider.

The Heritage Primary School, Grade Three pupil has also racked up multiple first-and-second place finishes in different classes and events including some in South Africa, bagging himself several trophies.

Taking to the track, Emmanuel rides a KTM 50 (2015) and a KTM 65 (2015) funnily enough; as most children of his age do, he enjoys the competitive side of the sport, racing in the mud and the chance to meet new friends along the way.

His father, Brighton, says his son has always had a passion for motorbikes adding that “he is a little boy chasing big dreams.”

“He has loved to ride motorbikes ever since he was about the age of three, it has grown into a passion for him and it is what he loves to do the most,” he said.

“I could see the raw ability he had at a tender age; he has never been worried about falling off even though he has had a few crashes.

“It does not deter him because he is doing what he loves.”

Emmanuel benefits from passion and perseverance, but according to his father he also has the potential and the pedigree.

“He has always had a passion for motorbikes, for him it all started when he saw a boy riding when we went for holiday in South Africa and his words to me were that “it will be me one day dad”

Emmanuel’s father is beaming with pride and reckons that his young racer has the potential to go far in his chosen sport.

“I am the proudest dad in the world. He is really enjoying himself and he is getting better all the time. It’s keeping us very busy, travelling up and down in and outside the country.

“He already has a couple of wins under his belt, but I believe big things are yet to come. He has also won in South Africa and last year in Zambia he came third at the Africa Motocross Union which shows he’s got the potential to go far. I foresee a bright future for him.” 

Emmanuel’s success can be attributed to natural talent, but his father said he has taken the initiative on his own to work as hard as he can to be the best rider.

“He practises a few times every week,” he added.

“He works really hard, but he also does very well in school and does not let his riding interfere with that. As parents, we are just so proud of him for all of the hard work he does.”

While it could be difficult to juggle his motocross duties and his school work, Emmanuel remains a normal pupil focused on his studies.

The friendships Bako has developed through racing have helped him on the track as well, as many of the older riders have noticed his potential and have offered their support and guidance to him.

“The older riders have really taken him under their watch. They have been really great towards him and it’s great to see the older riders treat him with so much respect.”

While the success has been plentiful in his first few years of riding, Emmanuel’s father admits it takes a lot of work on his end as well to keep him racing.

He, however, owes his son’s good fortunes to sponsors Prolific Borehole Drillers who fund the youngster’s motocross needs.

“Everything is all thanks to the sponsor because motorsport is an expensive sport but they saw the talent in Emmanuel and they have decided to harness it,” he added.

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