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ONE of the country’s top junior motocross riders Kuda Mhene (Jnr) is likely to be sidelined for up to six weeks after injuring his right hand during Sunday’s first round of the 2015 Bogwheelers Club championship series at Donnybrook Raceway in Harare.

Fresh from competing in last month’s opening round of the 2015 South African National Championship Series at Harrismith in Free State where he finished sixth overall in the 65cc Class, Mhene (Jnr) returned to his “home turf” at Donnybrook on Sunday for the opening round of the Bogwheelers Club championship.

The 11-year-old Lomagundi College Grade Six pupil entered both his favourite 65cc Class and the 85cc Class but as cruel fate might have it, his day was cut short on Sunday when he crashed in the first heat of the 85cc Class, tearing a ligament in his right hand. Mhene (Jnr) immediately went for a scan on Sunday and he is expected to see a specialist today for further diagnosis of his injury.

But his father, trainer and manager, Kuda Mhene (Snr), said yesterday that his son, who is just a joy to watch when mounting his KTM bike, will be out of action for at least “six to eight weeks” and this means he will miss the second round of the Monster Energy South African National Championship Series scheduled for April 11 in Cape Town.

“Kuda was having a good day on Sunday in which he first took part in the 65cc A Class where he came first in the opening heat by almost two seconds before he shifted his attention to the 85cc Class but he crashed his bike in the opening lap and was forced to call it a day,” Kuda Mhene (Snr) said.

The premature departure of Kuda Mhene (Jnr) from the scene on Sunday paved the way for another talented junior rider Davin Cocker to steal the show in the 85cc Class in which he won all the three heats to emerge as the overall winner in this section.

Kuda Mhene (Jnr)’s early departure from the 65cc A Class also helped his rival Big “BJ” Chitima (Jnr) to win the second heat of this section but he (Chitima (Jnr)) was outfoxed by the exciting female rider, 10-year-old Tanya Muzinda who won the third and last heat of the day. Muzinda finished second overall behind Chitima (Jnr) in the 65cc A Class after having first finished third behind Kuda Mhene (Jnr) and Chitima (Jnr) in the first heat and then she came second behind Chitima (Jnr) in the second before she raised her game in the third and final heat which she won ahead of Chitima (Jnr) to crown a memorable day for the gifted young female rider. Muzinda was pipped by a mere two points by Chitma (Jnr) in the overall standings of the day in the 65cc A Class.

“What a memorable race with a first in the last Moto. 3-2-1 finishes gave me second overall. I dedicate the race and the trophy to all the Girls and women on this earth that inspire the youth. Thanks to all my sponsors for the continuous support,” Muzinda wrote on her Facebook wall yesterday.

There was also no stopping young Regan Wasmuth on Sunday as he swept to victory in the 125cc Class in which he swept the board in all the three heats of the day.

In fact, Wasmuth Regan had a good day on Sunday with a clean sweep in both the 125cc and MX2 classes.

In the 125cc class second place went to Bradley Perry and third was Nic Freemantle while in the MX2 in second place was again Perry and third place went to Craig Burl. There was also an interesting comeback by young Mudiwa Chigumba in the 85cc Class in which he finished fourth overall.

Riding his new KTM bike for the second time this year, Chigumba (12) dominated the proceedings in the second heat in which he was in front of the pack for almost all the three laps before he was overtaken by the irresistible Davin Cocker.

Source : The Herald