Zim’s Granger, Ashwell on a roll


HARARE – Zimbabwe’s motocross starlets Tristan Granger and Jayden Ashwell are hoping to complete a memorable season when they line up for the national motocross championships at Donnybrook this weekend.

Fresh from scooping the Motocross South Africa (MSA) Championship in the 50cc pro and MX2 sections respectively this past weekend, Granger and Ashwell are generally expected to scoop the winner’s medals in the sixth and last round of the national motocross champs.

At the MSA, young Grainger flew the country’s flag high when he managed to secure the 2012 MSA 50cc prop championship on his KTM 50SX.

Not only did the nine-year-old Granger excel in South Africa, but it was the icing to the cake which had already seen him securing three other championships held across Africa.

Under his belt this season, the budding Granger has won the Fim Africa Champion, Fim Southern African Champion, Zimbabwe Club Champion and is now currently on the verge of winning the Zimbabwe National Championship in the 50cc pro, which he has made his own.

On the other hand, 16-year-old Ashwell has also been in a class of his own in the MX2 section.

On Sunday at the MSA Championships, Ashwell was untouchable, leading from start to finish on his KTM 450SX-F and deservedly crossed the line a good few seconds ahead of the second placed rider.

Apart from winning the MX2 MSA title, Ashwell is currently the Fim MX2 Africa Champion.

To add to his growing list of accolades, Ashwell is on the verge of completing a memorable year as he aims to win the Zimbabwe National MX2 Champion, which he currently leads after five rounds of action.

Bog-wheelers club chairperson Gary Granger said the national championships that have been vital in ensuring the country’s dominance on the African stage, will be concluded this weekend.

On a personal note, Granger was full of praise for the two budding stars and their quick rise to fame.

“It’s a great thing; Zimbabwe is continuing to do so well on the continental stage. It shows the standards of riding in Zimbabwe are incredibly growing,” he said.

“Both of them have won the Fia Africa Championship, MSA Championship… Basically they are African champions,” he added.

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