ZIMBABWE’s motocross sensation Tanya Muzinda will spend much of 2018 abroad, as her management team seeks to further expose her to a more competitive environment and raise her profile on the international scene.
Funds permitting, the 13-year-old will leave Zimbabwe early in March and will head for the United States, where she is scheduled to participate in two races, in the American Motocross Championships.
While this will be her maiden appearance in the US, Zimbabwe’s first female motocross champion can count on reuniting with some familiar faces in the UK, where she finished third at both the British Girls National Championships and the British Masters Kids last year.
This time, though, the schedule will be much more taxing; with her father and manager Tawanda Muzinda indicating that plans are afoot to enroll Tanya with the Coventry Junior Motocross Club, a development which would open up opportunities for more events.
“The Coventry club have their own races, so she will be taking part in those,” he said in an interview with KweséESPN.
“But also, you will see that in the UK, every weekend there are over 40 races, so it’s up to you to choose. The competition is quite what we really need especially at this stage, given the need for more visibility and also working on the brand.”
There is also a chance that Tanya could race in other European countries if she can break into the European team, which involves the top performers from the British Girls National Championships.
She is expected to end her year back in the US, at the American Motocross Championships in November.
Muzinda, however, said he was still struggling with the issue of securing adequate sponsorship in order to make the trip a success.
“The competition here is good for training but cannot be compared to Europe because of the few races done here,” Muzinda said.
“In Zimbabwe she can only do 12 races a year compared to the UK, where every weekend there are over 30 races taking places all over.”
Tanya, who is mentored by motocross legend Stefy Bau, was crowned Zimbabwe Junior Sportswoman of the Year and Junior Sportsperson of the Year in 2015.