Collin Matiza Sports Editor
THE dates for this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series – the country’s premier competition in the sport of motocross motorcycling – have yet to be confirmed.
A source from the Bogwheelers Club, which motocross races there on behalf of Motorsport Zimbabwe, initially told the Herald yesterday that this year’s Summer Series will be held again, in its traditional month of December.
The source said this year’s event will take place over three days on December 8, 10 and 12 at Donnybrook Park Raceway in Harare.
But, Jamie Kerwin, the secretary of the Bogwheelers Club, was quick to dismiss these reports.
“A decision regarding (the staging of this year’s summer series) has yet to be made.
“We are waiting for the lockdown to be lifted further as the public is currently not allowed (to attend sporting events in this country) and the whole event is useless, without public support,” Kerwin said .
Kerwin currently runs the Bogwheelers Club with motocross veteran Doug Mellor (interim president).
Club president Phil dos Santos reportedly recently decided to take a break from the sport.
Last year, the Zimbabwe Summer Series was held over three days, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The event consisted of a Supercross event (night races) on day one, flat track competition on day two, and a full day of motocross action on day three.
And, for this year’s event, there were indications that there would be three days of competition, starting with two Supercross events on December 8 and 10, before concluding with a full day of motocross action. , December 12.
Besides local riders, the Zimbabwe Summer Series generally attracts top junior and senior male and female cyclists from Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia, as well as overseas competitors from the UK. United and United States.
With the exception of a few Zambians, last year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series was largely turned into a local event as foreign runners did not show up, due to travel restrictions caused by the Covid outbreak -19, worldwide.
Motocross has recently resumed in Zimbabwe, with the Bogwheelers Club hosting a race meeting in Donnybrook a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Victor Nyamupfukudza’s father and trainer Simbarashe recently reported that he bought a brand new motorcycle, a 50cc, for his son.
He could ride it in this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series, if that goes, as planned.
“I managed to get a brand new bike for Victor from South Africa, after having a few headaches I struggled to clean it with Zimra.
“We now have the bike and Victor is looking forward to riding it during this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series, where he will likely ride in the 65cc class as well,” said Simba Nyamupfukudza.
Joe Croisette has also confirmed that his son, Emile, will likely be part of this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series jamboree.
“We have just returned from the United States and, yes, Emile will be part of the Zimbabwe Summer Series (2021),” said Joe Croisette.