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TWO of Zimbabwe’s most promising motocross riders Kuda Mhene (Jnr) and Emmanuel Bako made their presence felt during the opening round of the 2015 Monster Energy South African National Championships at Harrismith in Free State on Saturday, where they finished in the Top 10 in the respective classes they rode in.

Eleven-year-old Kuda Mhene (Jnr) took part in the 65cc Class while Bako (8) represented Zimbabwe in the 50cc Class and they were both expected to be swept away by their opponents from South Africa during Saturday’s race meeting at Harrismith.

But Mhene (Jnr) and Bako showed no ghost of inferiority complex as they held their own in this event where they managed to finish among the top 10 riders in their respective classes — a phenomenal achievement by these talented young Zimbabwean bikers.

Kuda Mhene (Jnr), a Grade Six pupil at Lomagundi College, enjoyed a good day in the 65cc Class where he rode brilliantly to finish sixth overall out of a g field of 24 riders.

His father, Kuda Mhene (Snr), said his son deserved an “Oscar Award” for his brilliant performance on Saturday.

“Motocross racing is very tough in South Africa and the guys there take their sport seriously unlike us here in Zimbabwe. Imagine, in the 65cc Class there was a field of 24 riders and for Kuda to come out sixth overall, I think for him, that’s a remarkable achievement.

“I was really impressed by his overall performance and the way he handled his bike because it was the first time that he was riding on that track and he was facing the opposition from South Africa who had practised there for the past two weekends and were familiar with the track, but Kuda took them head on and gave them a good run for their money.

“As of now, Kuda is now ranked among the top six riders in this class in the South African National Championships standings and I think that’s a good head start for him as well,” Kuda Mhene (Snr) said.

South Africa’s Jonathan Mlimi finished first in the 65cc Class where he was pushed hard by Kuda Mhene (Jnr) who was among the top six riders in both heats. Kuda Mhene (Jnr)’s fellow top young Zimbabwean rider Bako also did well in the 50cc Class where he finished fifth overall.

Like Kuda Mhene (Jnr), Bako was riding on the Harrismith track for the first and he at times mistimed his jumps but managed to finish fifth overall on a good day for the Zimbabwean riders on Saturday which also saw Regan Wasmuth finishing ninth overall in the tough 125cc High School Class with 30 points.

“I think Emmanuel Bako also performed brilliantly on Saturday. The only disaantage he had is that he was not familiar with the track but he managed to put up sa good show as he got a third place finish in heat one and then a second in heat two to finish fifth overall,” Kuda Mhene (Snr) said.

Another top Zimbabwean junior rider Wade Ashwell took part in the 125 High School class on Saturday but found the going tough as he finished 12th overall with 22 points.

South Africa’s Charl van Eeden emerged as the top dog in this class with with 47 points although he shared the same points with second-placed Drco van der Westhuizen. Another exciting South African rider Joshua Mlimi finished third overall with 37 points.

Source : The Herald