Collin Matiza Sports Editor
YOUNG Zimbabwean motocross rider Emmanuel Bako remained poised to win this year’s 50cc Pro title in the Monster Energy South African National Championship despite emerging fourth overall in the fourth round of the series at Springfield in Durban on Saturday.
Bako, an eight-year-old Grade Three pupil at Heritage Primary School in Harare, went into Saturday’s race meeting sitting pretty at the top of the 50cc Pro standings of the 2015 Monster Energy South African National Championship series.
And after finishing fourth overall in Durban on Saturday, Bako managed to remain 18 points clear of his nearest rival from South Africa, Wian du Plooy, with three more rounds to go in the tough seven-round series which is scheduled to finish on October 10 at Terra Topia in Johannesburg.
On Saturday, Bako was the first of the seven top Zimbabwean junior and senior riders, who took part in round four of the 2015 South African National Championship, to get on the track at Springfield and he came third place in heat one of the 50cc Pro Class behind South Africa’s Luke Grundy and Lucca Mynhardt to pick up 20 points after a bad start.
The motocross gods refused to smile on the young Zimbabwean rider in the second and final heat of the day in which his clutch blew up but he managed to finish the race though and was placed fourth overall with 37 points.
The first three places overall went to the South African trio of Grundy (50 points), du Plooy (40 points) and Willen Hough (37 points).
But there was some consolation for young Bako who received his sticker kit for being number one on points so far in the 50cc Pro standings of the 2015 Monster Energy South African National Championship series after four rounds.
Another young Zimbabwean rider Jordan Dewdney also took part in the 50cc Class on Saturday where he finished 12th overall out of 17 bikers.
Dewdney amassed a total of 22 points, not a bad start for the youngster who was riding in the South African National Championship series for the first time.
Saturday also saw five other top Zimbabwean junior and senior riders – Kuda Mhene (Jnr), Daiyaan Manuel, Davin Cocker, Regan Wasmuth and Jayden Ashwell – taking part in round four of the series at Springfield where they all failed to get a place on the podium after having met with mixed fortunes in the different classes that they competed in.
Mhene (Jnr) and Manuel took part in the 65cc A Class but they did well to be placed seventh and eighth overall with 30 and 27 points respectively in this section which had a total of 21 riders.
There was no place for the faint-hearted in the 65cc A Class as 21 riders were on the starting grid in heat one and Zimbabwe’s Manuel, who was competing in South Africa for the first time this year after having missed the first three rounds of the series through injury, managed to finish seventh, one place ahead of his compatriot Mhene (Jnr).