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ONE of Zimbabwe’s top motocross riders Sean Mitchell returned to the local scene after a long absence when he competed in the Bogwheelers Club championship race meeting at Donnybrook in Harare on Sunday where he dominated in the main MX1 Class. Mitchell, who used to be based in Belgium and competed as a professional rider in the European circuit, made a surprise appearance at Donnybrook on Sunday after having not competed locally for almost three years and he was just in a class of his own, winning all the three heats in the MX1 Class to emerge as the top dog of the day with 60 points.

Mitchell, who last last raced here in Zimbabwe in December 2012 during the Summer Series when he dislocated his hip, treated the crowd at Donnybrook to some brilliant riding as he beat Cameron Thixton (51 points) and Broc Thomas (43 points) into second and third place.

“I’m now working full-time so I will just race in Zimbabwe when I have the time,” he said after Sunday’s race meeting.

Rising young rider Regan Wasmuth (14) was also in dominant form as he won both the 125cc and MX2 classes and he was pleased with his overall performance on Sunday.

“It was a good day for me yesterday (Sunday). In the 125cc, I went 1-1-3 after crashing and getting stuck under my bike where the swingarm landed on my new helmet and broke it.

“I got away with a small graze but thanks to Tristan Grainger for picking my bike up off me.

“In the MX2 I went 1-1-1,” a jubilant Wasmuth wrote on his Facebook wall yesterday.

In the 125cc Class, Wasmuth amassed 55 points to beat Bradley Perry who earned a worthy second place finish with 54 points while Nick Freemantle settled for third place with 45 points.

But Wasmuth was unstoppable in the MX2 Class where he won all three heats to pick up the maximum 60 points on the table while Perry collected 51 points as he came second.

Third place went to Farnie van der Linde (45 points).

In the 65cc A Class, motocross fans were also treated to some brilliant racing as three of the top junior riders in Zimbabwe – Big “BJ” Chitima (Jnr), Kuda Mhene (Jnr) and Daiyaan Manuel — battled it out.

Chitima (Jnr) was in top form and displayed great determination as he won this class ahead of Mhene (Jnr) and Manuel, who both have an outstanding pace.

The country’s top female rider Tanya Muzinda competed in the same class with Chitima (Jnr), Mhene (Jnr) and Manuel and she was forced to settle for fourth place.

In the 65cc B Class, Ryan Masimo took the first step on the podium as he beat another promising rider Emmanuel Bako and Travis da Silva into second and third places respectively.

Bako redeemed himself when he dominated the proceedings in the 50cc A Class and bagged full points.

Jordan Dewdney was placed second overall with 51 points ahead of da Silva (45 points).

The 85cc A Class also delivered some best racing of the day with Davin Cocker proving too good to handle for Reagan Bond and Tristan Grainger who came second and third.

There was a big surprise in the 85B Class where Majaji Musariri emerged triumphant ahead of Joshua Bailey and Justin Spreeth.

But there were no surprises in the Masters Class — first place going to the legendry Shane Thomas, second to Lofty Versveld and a well-deserved third place went to John Mellor.

In the PeeWee Class, a section designed for junior riders under the age of seven, Munyaradzi Bako won all three heats.

Josh Halkier secured second place and Brandon Clarke occupied the third place on the box.

Source : The Herald