Kabasa takes motocross by storm

HARARE - She might have been racing for only eight months now but young Mufaro Kabasa is already showing signs that she has what it takes to become a motocross superstar.

While most girls of her age are yet to learn how to ride a bicycle, Mufaro is streets ahead on her 50CC bike and has already set herself big targets in the sport.

The Grade Four pupil learnt how to ride the bike from an early age but her love for motocross developed after seeing internationally acclaimed motocross sensation Tanya Muzinda in action.

Since then the eight-year-old has never looked back and is eager to follow in the footsteps of Muzinda who heralds a crop of grassroots talent that has taken the sport by storm.

Mufaro’s father Kudakwashe is an avid fan of the sport and is very grateful to the Muzinda family for the support they learnt to him in helping his daughter realise her dream.

“She (Mufaro) was actually inspired by Tanya after watching her racing at Donnybrook Park the other time,” Kudakwashe said to the Daily News on Sunday.

“At first she didn’t know that Tanya was actually a girl and only to find out after she removed her helmet. Since then she developed interest in the sport and has never looked back. She was inspired a lot and wants to follow in the same route.

“There is no doubt that Tanya is probably the best thing to ever happen in this sport especially in as far as the representation of girl child is concerned. So Mufaro is determined to follow in Tanya’s footsteps.

“She is enjoying it and I hope one day she will turn professional.”

Kudakwashe continued: “I am very grateful to Tanya’s father (Tawanda Muzinda) for helping us through especially in the early stages. He is the one who helped us in almost everything including the purchasing of bicycles.”

Mufaro’s skills are easy to see. And it’s not a surprise that she had to be fast-tracked from her rightful category of Pee Wee to compete in the 50CC category where she is excelling.

Infact, Mufaro is currently the only girl racing in the 50CC category.

She has already outstripped older competitors giving her mother Mildred a belief that she is on her way to a sparkling professional career.

“She is a very determined child. She works really hard and I foresee a bright future for her,” said Mildred.

While Mufaro is with no doubt headed for a bright future her father admits it takes a lot of work on his end as well to keep her racing. But in spite of the high costs, Kudakwashe is determined to see his girl succeed.

“It is an expensive sport but as parents we will do everything that we can to ensure she realises her dream,” Kudakwashe laments.

Last year, Mufaro came second in the Motocross Nationals.

Mufaro will once again be hoping to continue with her upward trajectory when she once again takes part in the Motocross Nationals at Donnybrook Park today.

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