After two nights of breathtaking Supercross action, the curtain comes down on the 2015 Summer Series with more exciting motocross action lined up for the today at Donnybrook Park.
By Munyaradzi Madzokere
The opening night on Wednesday was fair but it was a rain interrupted Supercross night on Friday that certified the hype that is attached to this motorsport season ending event.
Zimbabwe’s junior riders dominated their classes at the event where spectators turned up in multitudes. Former Zimbabwe champion racer Sean Mitchell completed a winning return.
With the night delicately poised for a nail-biting conclusion in some classes, rain decided to show up as well. The MX1 class provided the best competitive action as it involved European riders, but the competition had to be called off going into the third and final heats as the rain-drenched track had become dangerous.
South Africa’s Matthew Malan won the MX1 class ahead of Damon Strydom and Dutchman Jeffrey Meurs, who finished overall third.
Mitchell, who carried Zimbabwe’s hopes won the first heat in this class before he got the worst of a class a clash with Meurs in the second heat on the final corner as the two were neck to neck in front.
In the 125cc category, it was the South African champion Joshua Mlimi who pipped local favourite Reagan Wasmuth to second on the overall standings with compatriot Cameron Thixton settling in third. Dalton Venter, also from South Africa, was the winner of the 85cc class beating countryman Cameron Durow into second with Zimbabwe’s Davin Cocker grabbing third place.
Zimbabwe’s rising stars Daiyaan Manuel and Travis Da Silva won the 65 A/B and the 50 cc classes respectively to give the locals something the cheer about.
Top riders in all the classes renew their rivalry again this morning in a day race whose lap times are quicker than in the Supercross event.
Zimbabwean riders will be looking to restore some pride on the final day of yet another memorable Summer Series.