Bako continues to shine

HARARE – Rising motocross rider Emmanuel Bako added another accolade to his growing trophy cabinet after winning the Monster Energy South African National MX Championships in Western Cape over the weekend.

The eight-year-old blitzed the field in the 50cc pro Class to re-affirm his growing status as one of the hottest emerging riders on the continent.

The Heritage Primary School, Grade Three student, was unmatched coming first in all the three heats on offer to finish as the best rider of the day.

Bako’s father Brighton, who accompanied his son to South Africa could not hide his joy.

“I am happy for this boy, it seems he is improving each time,” he said.

“It’s quite a great achievement for him. Remember we were in South Africa again last month and he finished in top five. I hope he keeps on working hard going forward.

“It takes a lot of hard work and determination and I am happy he is enjoying himself. Going to South Africa and coming out tops is no mean feat.

“In South Africa, they are serious about their sport and I am happy the young boy is proving himself.”

It was the second time this year that Bako has raced in South Africa Motocross National Championships having participated in a similar event last month alongside another rising youngster Kuda Mhene Jnr.

The two youngsters held their own against their more fancied South African counterparts to finish in the top 10 then.

Mhene Jnr, a Lomagundi College student, raced in the 65cc Class while Bako represented the country in the 50cc and 65cc B Class.

Bako’s victory at the weekend came hard on the heels of another triumph in the first Zimbabwe National race earlier this year where he shrugged off the challenge of more than 15 riders to be crowned champion.

The eight-year-old is quickly rising in the ranks of the motocross world and was also unmatched in the Bogwheelers Motocross Championships last month at Donnybrook Park where he came first in the 50cc A class and 65 cc B class.

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