Zimbabwe: Muzinda secures $100,000 sponsorship

It looks like the doors are opening for US-based Zimbabwean motocross rider Tanya Muzinda after securing a sponsorship deal worth over US$100,000 from the owners of California-based company Custom Upfits , Todd and Julie Ford.

Muzinda announced the development on his Facebook page yesterday and described the sponsorship deal as his biggest so far.

The sponsorship package includes, among other things, two brand new racing bikes, a training bike and a van.

“Easter is a time of hope and new beginnings! It takes years of knocking on doors, making promises, disappointments and rejections.

“My team secured my biggest sponsorship deal worth over $100,000 for an all-new, custom-built Motovan with garage, bunk, half-kitchen and high-tech entertainment system from Todd and Julie Ford, owners from a California-based company, Custom Upfits, plus two new race bikes, a race bike and a training bike supported by Husqvarna Factory Racing.

“I’m super excited that when I tested the bikes this weekend (in California), where the Fords took me and my dad, it was like a dream.

“I am grateful to this wonderful family for including me in their family and I always thank God.

“I can’t wait to get back to racing,” Muzinda said.

Her father, Tawanda, confirmed the sponsorship package to the Herald yesterday from their base in Florida, US, and said it will give his daughter a major boost this season.

Todd and Julie Ford own Custom Upfits, a family business.

At its factory in West Sacramento, Western California, Custom Upfits specializes in building custom platforms for mobile wheel and paint repair businesses, mobile tire and oil service businesses.

The announcement of Muzinda’s latest sponsorship deal comes days after it struck another deal with global protective clothing and equipment manufacturer, Alpinestar.

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Alpinestar is expected to dress the 17-year-old for the upcoming season.

The motorsport equipment giant, 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 the 2021 Dakar winner Kevin Benavides, among others. .

Muzinda made headlines on and off the race track because of her exploits.

Her passion for the sport from her home at a young age and her ability to navigate her way into the male-dominated field have not gone unnoticed over the years.

Her profile continues to grow and the arrival of sponsors should stimulate the rider who dreams of becoming world champion.

In 2017, Muzinda became Britain’s first female race round winner when she competed in the British Masters Kids National Motocross Championships at the Motoland Mildenhall track. This remains one of his major career highlights so far.

Muzinda moved to the United States in 2019 hoping for better opportunities as she pursues her dream of becoming one of the best motocross riders in the world.

Prior to her move, Muzinda was dominating local competitions, mainly competing with the boys and her move to the United States should also give her the competition she needs to achieve her goals.

Last year she competed in the Bartow Motocross Championship Series in Florida where she won a number of races in the 125cc class, against both men and women.

She was included in the BBC’s 100 Women 2021 list and was named one of Britain’s 100 Most Inspirational Women earlier this month — March8.

The list included top sports figures like American tennis legend Serena Williams, who won 23 Grand Slam titles, Naomi Osaka and Irish professional boxer Katie Taylor.

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