Collin Matiza Sports Editor
A SPLENDID motorcycle racing feast awaits local motocross fans when the three-day Zimbabwe Dial a Delivery 2021 Summer Series concludes this afternoon at the home of motorsport in that country – Donnybrook Park Raceway.
This year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series is set to delight motocross racing fans once again at Donnybrook in Harare as the 2021 motorsport season comes to a close over the next three days, starting with the Supercross event later this year. midday, which must start at 2:30 p.m.
Another Supercross event is scheduled for tomorrow, starting at 12:00 noon, and will be followed the day after by a full day of motocross racing, starting at 9:00 am.
Although this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series has been deprived of a number of foreign runners due to Covid-19 restrictions put in place by the government following the recent appearance of the new variant, dubbed Omicron, it The event is unlikely to be short of any drama as most of the country’s top junior and senior bikers have confirmed their participation in this competition.
With the arrival of Dial a Delivery as new sponsors of the Zimbabwe Summer Series, high octane races are expected across all classes, especially in the senior MX1 ââmain class which will see Cameron Thixton, Joshua Goby and Duncan Kerwin fighting for pole position. during the three days of action.
In the MX2 class, 17-year-old Daiyaan ‘D’ Manuel has cause for concern for former Zimbabwe champion Ashley Thixton, but Dylan Zanin should not be ignored in this class.
There is expected to be a direct shootout between Adriaan Olivier and Mark Ziemann in the MX3 class as “old war horses” Shane Thomas and Lofty Versfeld battle for pole position in the Masters class.
Manuel is a sure bet to win the 125cc class ahead of Ricky Whyte and Daniel Collett.
Whyte is the son of former South African National Superbike Champion Shaun Whyte, who himself was a former motocross rider in Zimbabwe and won several titles at the Donnybrook track during his active days there has more than two decades.
Emmanuel Bako, who was crowned this year’s 85cc Pro Mini National Champion in South Africa, is the clear favorite to win the 85cc class events in both Supercross races today and tomorrow; and the motocross competition on the last day of the Zimbabwe Summer Series on Sunday.
Bako (14) has had a good season this year, especially in South Africa where, in addition to being crowned National Champion in the 85cc Pro Mini category, he also won the overall titles of the Northern Regions Championships. and the Inland Championship series. .
The talented young rider has received good support from Better Brands Jewelery Scott Sakupwanya and Fuchs Silkolene Zimbabwe.
In this weekend’s Zimbabwe Summer Series, Bako will see his driving skills tested in the 85cc class by other exciting young drivers, Emile Croisette and Tariq Shelton.
The 65cc class title will likely be a direct fight between Karl Van As, Riley Rocher and Joshua Mbanga while promising young drivers Kudzwai Chitsurura, Junior Bako, Jayden Kerwin and Victor Nyamupfukudza will compete in the 50cc class.
Seven-year-old Nyamupfukudza has been a regular rider this season and his track performance has caught the attention of several motocross fans and neutral supporters, such as Mashwede Holdings, who are committed to supporting him in his promising career.
In the PeeWee class, which is designed for junior riders under the age of seven, the fight for top honors is likely to be between Cayden Claassen, Michael Krause and Ezra Ekron.
It will all take place at Donnybrook Park Raceway, along Acturus Road in the western part of Harare, over the next three days, starting with this afternoon’s Supercross race.
It looks like a great way to spend a sunny summer weekend now that vaccinated spectators can once again catch the races in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe 2021 Summer Series is proudly sponsored by Dial a Delivery, while full bar and catering will be supported by RocoMamas and Ocean Basket.
Entrance fees for spectators for the three days have been set at US $ 5 per person while children under the age of six will enter for free. Covid-19 protocols apply.