Collin Matiza Sports Editor
THERE was no stopping young Daiyaan Manuel and former Zimbabwe champion rider Ashley Thixton during the first event of the 2016 Bogwheelers Club National Motocross Championship series at Donnybrook in Harare on Sunday.
Manuel and Thixton were in dominant form as they convincingly won the 65cc and MX2 classes respectively to lay down some markers ahead of what promises to be another exciting motocross season in Zimbabwe this year.
A warm and dry day greeted the competitors at Donnybrook on Sunday as they gathered for the first of the six-round Bogwheelers Club National Championship series and there was tangible excitement in the air as riders got to grips with the track on their practice laps, with spectators and support crew watching closely.
And it was in the 65cc Class where there was more excitement as Manuel battled for the first step on the podium with fellow exciting riders Emmanuel Bako (9), Big “BJ” Chitima (Jnr) and Ryan Masimo.
In fact, all eyes were on Manuel who came to this meet bubbling with confidence after having dominated the scene during the Bogwheelers Club’s opening club event of the year on January 31 where he blew the opposition away in the 65cc Class at the same venue.
And the script did not change on Sunday as the 10-year-old St. John’s Preparatory School’s Grade Six pupil wagged his tail vigorously to “dance away” with the 65cc Class title, winning it ahead of Bako and Chitima (Jnr) who came second and third respectively.
Manuel was looking solid on his bike as he won all his heats to amass the maximum 60 points and most people who watched Sunday’s event at Donnybrook were left convinced that he surely benefited from the two-week training stint in Germany in August last year where he trained with two of that country’s top motocross clubs, RMC Reutlingen and MSC Waldkappeli.