The Herald (Harare)

14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: More Fireworks At Donnybrook

MORE fireworks are expected in tonight's second Supercross meet of the 2012 Zimbabwe Summer Series motocross event at Donnybrook in Harare. There was a great spectator turnout on Wednesday night when more than 3 000 local motorsport enthusiasts thronged Donnybrook to witness the first Supercross meet (night racing) of the 2012 Zimbabwe Summer Series.

The large turnout of spectators on Wednesday night even caught Big "Bigs" Chitima, the vice-chairman of the Bogwheelers Club who run the motorsport of motocross in this country, by surprise.

"We had more than 3 000 spectators and I've never seen such a big crowd for a local motocross event . . . I was really surprised by this big turnout," Chitima said yesterday.

And more spectators are expected to descend on the home of local motorsport - Donnybrook - tonight for the second Supercross racing of this exciting four-day series, which ends at the same venue on Sunday.

Fans were kept spellbound on Wednesday night as top local and international motocross riders produced some exhilarating performances during the opening Supercross meet.

Although it threatened to rain on Wednesday night, the wind came blasting through to turn it into a perfect day at the track for all the riders.

The main MXI Class proved to be one of the best classes to watch again. Perhaps the short track and short race is the clear message we need to send out for a great racing formula.

Zimbabwe's Jayden Ashwell was just too strong for everyone and was the convincing winner in this class in which he relegated South Africa's Richard van der Westhuizen and Ross Bond of Botswana into second and third places.

But van der Westhuizen produced a strong ride in the MXII Class in which he emerged as the top rider of the day ahead of Ashwell and Branch.

The 85cc Class was once again dominated by Dare DeMartile of the United States who kept two top Zimbabwean riders Regan Wasmuth and Tafadzwa Mawarire in the shade.

Wasmuth and Mawarire came second and third in this class.

Another top American motocross rider Cole Barbieri came out tops in the 125cc Class.

But like in most classes on the day, it was the battle for second that caught everyone's attention. Brad Cox of South Africa and DeMartile went all out with both riders swapping results but the former finally settled for second place ahead of the latter.

The junior 50cc A Class saw another dominant performance from Jono Mlimo of South Africa.

The only other rider to match him for pace was young Zimbabwean rider Big "BJ" Chitima (Junior) who came second in the 50cc A Class.

In fact, Chitima (Junior) was initially supposed to compete in the 50cc B Class but was taken off from this category by the organisers of the Summer Series who said he was too fast for the opposition and upgraded him to the 50cc A Class.

Another promising Zimbabwean rider Mudiwa Chigumba was placed third in the 50cc A Class on Wednesday night.

As expected, Zimbabwe's Davin Cocker was strong for the opposition in the 65cc A Class in which he came first ahead of James Dean Harrison and Reagan Bond.

Ryan Masimo dominated the Pee Wee Class for riders under the age of nine.

And now, all is set for another action-packed night in today's penultimate round of the 2012 Zimbabwe Summer Series which winds up at Donnybrook on Sunday with a motocross meet.

The star attraction of tonight's meet will be Alastair Sayer who will be doing some freestyle demonstrations in-between the races.

Racing today will start at 3pm with junior riders in action before the seniors enter the fray at 6pm for what promises to be another exciting night of Supercross racing.

Entry fee for tonight's event has been pegged at US$5 per person and there will be a full bar and catering.

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