Motocross riders shine in SA

HARARE - Zimbabwe motocross riders held their own against world class opponents at the Monster Energy South Africa National MX Championship, in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.

Young Emmanuel Bako underlined his growing status as one of the hottest emerging riders on the local scene by finishing first in his class.

The trio of Kuda Mhene Jnr, Jayden Ashwell and Reagan Wasmuth founding the going tough but they still managed to finish in the top ten in their respective classes.

Mhene Jnr, who has just recovered from an injury, had to settle for sixth place overall in the 65 cc class.

It was the Lomagundi College student’s first competitive race since he tore his arm ligament some two months ago.

Wasmuth and Ashwell both settled for fifth place in the 125 cc Class and MX1 respectively.

Bako, who was racing in Port Elizabeth for the first time, blitzed the field in the 50cc class and despite mistiming his jumps at times still managed to come first.

The Heritage Primary School Grade Three student shrugged off the challenge of 15 other riders and was unmatched coming first in the two heats on offer to finish as the best rider on the day.

The talented, young Zimbabwean rider pushed the duo of more fancied South African riders of Wian Du Plooy and Luke Grundy to second and third places respectively.

Emmanuel’s father Brighton, after celebrating his son’s victory in South Africa could not hide his joy.

“He keeps on surprising me. I am very proud of him, he is getting and better,” he said.

“It is a great feeling coming to South Africa and going back home with a medal. It’s quite a great achievement for him. I hope he keeps on working hard going forward.

“He is doing well; the good thing is he works hard and I can tell you he is going places. We will also be back in South Africa for another race and we are looking forward to well.”

And on the performance of the other riders Brighton said: “I think all the boys did well. It’s one of the toughest races in South Africa and finishing in top ten is an achievement on its own.”

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