Zim to host Africa motocross champs

HARARE - Rivalry will yet again be renewed when an illustrious cast of the continent’s top motocross riders converge at Donnybrook Park for the FIM Africa Continental Championship medals later this month.

At least 207 riders from six countries have entered for the motocross fiesta that will run on August 29 and 30 at the country’s home of motorsport.

Hosts Zimbabwe will be represented by 69 riders, Botswana 23, Kenya 12, South Africa 40, Zambia 28, Swaziland eight and Uganda 27.

It will be interesting to see how Zimbabwe’s riders fare against some of the most acclaimed seasoned riders in the sport.

However, they will surely not be short on talent.

If current form is anything to go by the country’s motocross starlets Emmanuel Bako, Jayden Ashwell, Regan Wasmuth and Tristan Grainger are expected to have podium finishes at the event.

The quartet has been having an inspirational season in the 2015 Monster Energy South African National Championship none more explosive than Emmanuel Bako.

The Twin Rivers Primary School pupil is on the verge of scooping 50cc Pro title in the 2015 Monster Energy South African National Championship after he won round five of the seven-round series at Dirt Bronco’s Raceway in Johannesburg last month.

The country’s champion rider Jayden Ashwell and Ashley Thixton who competed in the MX1 and MX2 classes of the South Africa event have also been accounting for themselves well in the series.

And that momentum should place them in good stead when Zimbabwe hosts an array of motocross riders later this month.

Another Zimbabwean rider to look out for in the event is former HMPlant KTM UK team rider Sean Mitchell.

Mitchell has international experience of competing in 15 round World Championship circuit.

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