US-based Zimbabwean rising motocross star Tanya Muzinda has secured a sponsorship deal with global clothing and protective equipment manufacturer, Alpinestar, who are expected to outfit her for the upcoming season.
The giant motorsport equipment manufacturer, founded in 1963 in Italy, supplies equipment to some of motorsport’s best athletes, including six-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and Rally Raid athlete, multiple ISDE Gold Medalist and 2021 Dakar winner Kevin Benavides, among others.
The 17-year-old American athlete who dreams of becoming Zimbabwe’s first world champion was the points leader and winner of the 2021 Bartow Motocross National Championship Series in the 125cc mixed boys 2-stroke class.
It was his first motocross championship win outside of Zimbabwe.
She took to social media on Friday to announce the latest development without giving many details.
“I am happy to announce that my kit sponsor for this 2022-23 season is Alpinestars. To be part of the family of this global brand is a great honor.
“I’m flying out to Sacramento, CA for my season machine/bike testing and training this weekend.
“I can’t wait to get back on the bike!!,” said Muzinda, who is now based in Florida, USA.
Muzinda, who started running aged five, was on the BBC’s list of 100 Inspirational and Influential Women Around the World for the year 2021.
The 100 women included women in various fields, including culture and education, science and health, entertainment and sports, politics and activism, as well as Afghan women.
Muzinda engages in charity work, paying school fees for around 100 children from underprivileged backgrounds to attend school in Harare. — ZimSportLive.