Preps for Moto-X Zim Summer Series gather pace MASSIVE RECRUITMENT . . . . Top South African motocross official Grant Foley will be bringing in at least 15 top riders from his country for next month’s Better Brands Petroleum Zimbabwe Summer Series which will be held at Donnybrook Park Raceway in Harare on December 6, 8 and 10.

Collin Matiza-Sports Editor

PREPARATIONS for this year’s Better Brands Petroleum Summer Series are slowly reaching their boiling point with the organisers of this season-ending international motocross event lining up a Supercross competition at Donnybrook in Harare next Saturday, November 11.

They are going to use the one-day Supercross event as a dress rehearsal for the three-day Zimbabwe Summer Series.

The 2023 Zimbabwe Summer Series has been slated for December 6, 8 and 10 at Donnybrook and it will consist of two Supercross (night racing) events on the opening two days of competition followed by a full day of some motocross racing on the final day. 

This year’s motorcycling event promises to be bigger and better with the news that it is likely to attract top international dirt bike riders from the United States, France and South Africa. 

Riders from Botswana and Zambia are expected to attend too.

The event has been boosted by the coming in of Better Brands Petroleum and it’s subsidiary Better Brands Jewellery as two of its main sponsors. 

And the Bogwheelers Club, who are the organisers of the Zimbabwe Summer Series, are now busy running around trying to put all the logistics together in their bid to stage a successful international event. 

They are, infact, leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for this big event and next Saturday will see them hosting a Supercross event which they will use as a dress-hearsal for the December jamboree. 

The Supercross event will cover all classes from the Peewees, which are designed for riders under the age of seven, up to the seniors who will be battling for the top three places on the podium in the 125cc, MX1, MX2, Veterans and Masters classes. 

It’s likely to be a full house in all the classes as the junior and senior riders use this night time competition to gauge their preparedness ahead of the December Zimbabwe Summer Series.

This year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series will once again have an international flavour as there are strong indications that there will be a large contingent of top international riders from the United States, France and South Africa gracing this big international event on December 6, 8 and 10. 

The organisers of the competition, the Bogwheelers Club, have already engaged Grant Foley of South Africa who is currently working hard on bringing these international riders down here next month. 

The Bogwheelers Club said they have already paid Foley to bring in about 15 top riders from South Africa for this year’s Zimbabwe Summer Series. 

They have also already paid for the freestyle riders from South Africa to come down here to spice-up the event.

The freestyle riders will entertain the spectators on December 8 and 10 with their back flips. 

A top South African motocross commentator has also been roped in to commentate at this event. 

Sponsors Better Brands Petroleum and Better Brands Jewellery are also reported to be working around the clock to bring in international riders from the United States and France for the Zimbabwe Summer Series. 

Meanwhile, Simbarashe Nyamupfukudza, the father and manager of young sensational rider Victor Nyamupfukudza, said yesterday that they were ready to compete in next Saturday’s Supercross event at Donnybrook. “Supercross is just as exciting as motocross and next Saturday’s event will give Victor a good opportunity to fine-tune himself for next month’s Better Brands Petroleum Zimbabwe Summer Series at the same venue,” Simbarashe Nyamupfukudza said. 

He also revealed that a well-wisher has finally come to their rescue and has promised to buy Victor a brand new bike.

Victor is a Grade Four pupil at Elland Oak Junior School in Waterfalls. 

“I’m delighted to announce that a well-wisher finally heard our plea for a brand new bike and he has promised to get Victor a new bike. 

“Hopefully we will get the new bike before the Zimbabwe Summer Series and if not, that it will be for the start of new season next year where Victor will be competing in the 65cc Class.

“He is also pushing to ride in the 85cc Class next year,” Simbarashe Nyamupfukudza added. 

Victor currently trains under former motocross rider and motor rally ace driver, Big “Bigs” Chitima, who also has a number of young riders under his wing.

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