Donnybrook Park and their team behind this year’s event are fired up to get Africa’s best riders back to the Harare based track, for another epic edition of this incredible competition, at what could clearly be the unofficial home of MXoAN.
Track preparation has been ongoing for the last four months and Rick Goby (Zimbabwe Motocross) said that they have gone all out to create an excellent dirt track that even the World’s best would love to battle on.
“Our team has been working under a lot of pressure, understandably, but despite our little challenges here in Zimbabwe, we are not slowing down though, in order to provide a facility that will make the FIM Africa proud of our efforts.”, said Goby and he also assured that all the FIM requirements in lieu of Environmental and the Ride Clean campaign are being adhered to as much as possible.
Speaking of world class riders, the seven nations competing this year, all have just that, some of the best riders in the world, and considering a number of them have already been on international duties at various stages of their careers and even this year as well, the fight for the all-important African Nations title is poised on a the edge of a berm, about to blow out and provide the fans watching, some of the best Motocross action you can find anywhere in the world currently.
South Africa must come into this event as odds on favourites, having won the title the most of all, with only Kenya and Uganda being the only other teams to have taken the title, since 2009. However, with massive improvements in the sport throughout the continent, Zimbabwe and Botswana will also stand a very good chance for the top spot. Particularly Zimbabwe, as the host nation is coming in full force, to attack the rest on their home soil. Then again Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and the smallest team Morocco will be up for the action expected and will certainly push hard for possible class wins, if they are unable to beat the bigger teams for the Nations Title at the end of the 3 day event.
With the majority of the respective national championships being put on hold, in order to give the top riders a chance to compete in this prestigious race meeting, the riders will all be on top of their game in order to get those valuable points towards the outcome. Many of the riders have been to Zimbabwe before, so they will be looking to give their all and then be there to help the rookies from each of their teams and pass on the necessary advantages they might need to get them up to speed and be at the front from the first session. Teamwork is crucial at this event and as seen at the bigger FIM Motocross of Nations, even the weakest rider in your team can actually turn out to be the one that provides the team with that vital aspect which can ultimately mean glory.
Source: Motorsport SA