1 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Club of Trailblazers

BIG "BJ" Chitima (Junior) and Tanya Muzinda recently emerged among the top local motocross riders of the year after making their presence felt during the Bogwheelers Club national championship series at Donnybrook.

The two young motorcycle riders managed to hold their own in the tough series in which they both starred in their respective junior classes throughout the year.

Of the two, seven-year-old Chitima (Junior), son of one of the country's top motor rally drivers Big "Bigs" Chitima, was the most outstanding as he capped a memorable season by scoring a double -- winning both the Pee Wee and 50B Class titles.

Chitima (Junior), a Grade Two pupil at Harare International School in Mount Pleasant, first bagged the Pee Wee Class title for riders under the age of nine by amassing a total of 351 points.

In second place in the Pee Wee Class was his training partner Muzinda who garnered a total of 289 points.

For Muzinda, this was a remarkable feat for her considering that she was the only girl who raced in this class.

Muzinda (8) is a Grade Three pupil at Eaglesvale in Harare and she is trained by her dad, Harare businessman Tawanda Muzinda, and Scott Kim.

She is also into karting.

And as the Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation has been crying for the sport to grow, it seems the coming on board of non-whites to actively take part in motorsport could be the answer to their wish.

Over the past few years the number of non-whites taking part in motorsport events has increased and this would surely help in growing the sport from all perspectives in this country.

And indeed they have justified that they are able to hold their own, as shown by the number of non-whites who scooped awards at the Bogwheelers Club in their respective categories.

While Chitima (Junior) and Muzinda were the top two in the Pee Wee Class, Ryan Masimo closed the podium call with 259 points.

Chitima (Junior) also walked away with the 50B Class title for novice riders, claiming it by picking up 310 points and was way ahead of the second-placed rider in this junior category, Cory Versfeld (214 points).

Third place in the 50B Class went to Ricky Whyte who amassed 169 points.

Another talented young rider, nine-year-old Tristan Grainger clinched the 50A Class crown for riders up to nine years old with a total of 340 points.

Mudiwa Chigumba (285 points) and Kuda Mhene (241 points) came second and third in this class.

Joshua Bailey was the overall winner of the 65B Class with 111 points, 25 ahead of second-placed Reagan Evans while John Evans (84 points) took third place.

Davin Cocker walked away with the 65A Class title for riders up to 11 years old after he harvested a total 310 points while JD Harrison (297 points) and Reagan Bond (258 points) came second and third.

Another exciting young rider Tafadzwa Mawarire claimed the 85A Class title after collecting 230 points throughout the season, beating Wade Ashwell (229 points) and Mike Mawarire (225 points) into second and third places.

The 85A Class was for riders who are under 14 years.

In the senior classes, Jayden Ashwell emerged as the top dog in the MX1 Class with 357 points while

Broc Thomas settled for second place with 210 points.

Seasoned campaigner Doug Mellor (136 points) came third in the MX1 Class.

Cameron Thixton scored 214 points to grab the MXII Class title, winning it ahead of Francois Swan (157 points) and Hamish Perry (124 points).

First prize in the combined Veterans and Novice Class for old and young riders went to former superbikes rider Shaun Whyte who amassed a total of 185 points, 30 ahead of Costa Dobropolous who came second.

James Putteril (123 points) took third place in this class.

Former national motocross champion Blaize Thomas won the Masters Class title for 40 plus age-group after garnering 354 points.

Shane Thomas (271 points) and Lofty Versfeld (270 points) came second and third.

Meanwhile, all the riders who took part in the 2012 Bogwheelers Club national championship series are now expected to take part in this month's Summer Series at Donnybrook.

The season-closing Summer Series will be held over four days on December 8, 12, 14 and 16, and it will consist of two supercross (night racing) meetings and two motocross races.

December 12 and 14 will accommodate the two supercross meetings while the two motocross races will be staged on December 8 and 16.

This year's Summer Series has already attracted an array of top international motocross riders who will come from the United States, England, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda.

In fact, a total of 30 international riders are expected to compete in this season-closing event at Donnybrook, starting from December 8.

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