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TOP South African rider Michael Kok says he is excited to be here and is looking forward to joining the local motocross riders in the 2014 Zimbabwe Summer Series which gets underway tonight at Donnybrook Raceway.

Kok is part of the six South African riders who arrived yesterday ahead of the three-day main season-ending motorcycling event which consists of two Supercross (night racing) meetings tonight and on Friday night.

There will be one motocross competition on Sunday.

Other countries expected to take part in the series are Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda and their riders are scheduled to land in the country this morning, just in time for the first Supercross meeting, which starts at 6pm today.

Zimbabwe will field over 50 riders who will be led by the country’s top riders Jayden Ashwell, Tafadzwa and Mike Mawarire, Daiyaan Manuel, Wade Ashwell, Kuda Mhene (Jnr), Reagan Wasmuth, Davin Cocker and female champion Tanya Muzinda.

And Kok, who is no stranger to Zimbabwean race tracks, said he was looking forward to a good series.

“This isn’t my first time here but it feels good to be back in Zimbabwe.

“I am very excited and I am looking forward to competing with all the local riders here as well as the other riders from other countries.

“Zimbabwe has some pretty fast riders like (Jayden) Ashwell.

“He is pretty fast and from our side we have David Goosen and Ryan Angilley.

“In fact, all the riders we came with are all good, so it’s going to be very competitive

“As for myself, I believe that talk is cheap so I won’t say much about my performance but I’ll let my riding do the talking.

“We are all excited to be here and looking forward to the races.”

Angilley, a South African who is making his debut at the Zimbabwe Summer Series, also echoed Kok’s sentiments.

“I am so excited to be in the country. This will be my first Summer Series so I am very thrilled about it.

“Although I am expecting a lot of stiff competition from Kok and local rider Jayden Ashwell I think I will do well.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean riders Kuda Mhene (Jnr) and Ryan Masimo said the local competitors were ready to take on their foreign counterparts.

“I think everyone is ready and good to go because we have been practising really hard for this event.

“It will be great to have the other guys from other countries joining us and it will definitely make it interesting but we are not intimidated.

“On the contrary, we are ready to take them on and we can’t wait for tomorrow night (tonight),” said Masimo.

Both Masimo and Mhene (Jnr) will compete in the 65cc Class during this week’s Zimbabwe Summer Series where they will be joined by the other exciting young local rider Big “BJ” Chitima (Jnr).

Daiyaan Manuel, who this year became the first Zimbabwean motocross rider to win a national championship in South Africa, will be out to showcase his riding skills.

Entry fee for this week’s Summer Serries has been pegged at $5 per adult and $2 for children under the age of 12.

There will be full bar and catering during the three days of action.

Source : The Herald