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ON Sunday, the curtain finally came down on the three-day motocross calendar-ending event — the Zimbabwe Summer Series — at Donnybrook Raceway in Harare. The event that featured three countries — South Africa, Uganda the hosts Zimbabwe — was a cocktail of two Supercross races (night racing) and one motocross event. While Zimbabwean riders did very well overall, there was a bit of disappointment in the senior class as one of the country’s top riders Jayden Ashwell, was overwhelmed by South African riders and had to settle for a fifth position.

The 18-year-old racer found the going tough as he clashed with South African top riders Michael Kok, who eventually snatched the first prize after a stunning performance, Ryan Angilley and David Goosen who came second and third.

The Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation’s Press liaison officer, Temba Mazvimbakupa, hailed the riders and the Zimbabwean community for coming out in their numbers to support the local riders.

“It (The Zimbabwe Summer Series) was successfully held and I think everyone who attended had a great time, especially during the Supercross races that were held under floodlights.

“All the riders put on a good show though we did not have a large turn-up of countries as we expected, we only drew riders from South Africa and one guy from Uganda (Ben Msumba) but all the same it went very well.

“Credit should also be given to the spectators who came out to watch and support our local riders, it really shows that people have started to move away from the perception that it (motocross) is a minority sport and are embracing it.

“The huge attendance was also wonderful for the riders.

“We had a good crowd that numbered from 3 000 up to 5 000 from Wednesday when we began up till we finished on Sunday and we are very grateful for that support because it gave the event its recognition,” said Mazvimbakupa.

Riders who emerged victorious in their classes include Davin Cocker in the 65cc A class, Big “BJ” Chitima (Jnr) in the 65ccB class, Joshua Mlimi (South Africa) in the 125cc class, Michael Kok in the MX1 class and Daiyaan Manuel in the 50cc A class.

Manuel (9), who recently got an award in South Africa for his outstanding performance after winning the national championship there, thanked his sponsors.

“I finished first overall in the 50cc A class and second overall in the 65cc A class and I would just like to thank my family, my friends, and sponsors… Without them I would not be where I am today,” said Manuel.

Tanya Muzinda, who was the only female rider who took part in this year’s Zimbabwe Series, settled for third place in the 65cc B Class behind Chitima (Jnr) and fellow promising young rider Emmanuel Bako.

Source : The Herald