Ross Branch who has dominated the local riding scene over the last few years says the country has enough riding talent to be amongst the best in the world.
Speaking to Voice Sport after winning the MX1 Class at the 3rd Round of the Botswana National Motocross Championship hosted by the Lobelo Racing Club at the Dumela Track in Francistown all that is needed is properly develop riders from the youngest possible age.
“This country has a lot of talent and can produce some of the best riders in the future. We have what it takes to be amongst the best in the world. All we need to is put structures in place to properly nurture and support young talent” Ross said.
Branch, 29, is a professional rider who has raced all over the world and spent five years based in Germany is a good example when young talent is given the necessary support.
“I started riding at four and with the support of my father developed into the rider I am over the years. My dad, who is my hero, gave me all the support from day one. He bought me the bikes and riding gear. Financed me and Travelled with me to my races”, he said.
The celebrated rider who is sponsored by Pick n Pay, Armstrong Attorneys and KTM went on to appeal to more business houses to put their money into the sport.
Quizzed on his experiences as a professional rider Branch said he has enjoyed travelling the world and making new friends.
“It’s been an exciting adventure. I have been to places I would otherwise not have seen and made a lot of friends from all over” he told Voice Sport.
“The adventure has also has its challenges with the travelling which is a bit difficult and injuries which are part of the sport” Branch added.
Meanwhile the next race, a 40 kilometre off road event will be held on the 15th August at a venue yet to be announced.