The Botswana Motocross team did the country proud at the FIM Motocross of Africa Nations Championships at the Donnybrook track in Harare Zimbabwe.
The Riding Zebras were 4th overall in the competition which also featured Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and the hosts Zimbabwe.
South Africa won the competition first whilst Zimbabwe and Zambia were second and third respectively.
Besides the good team work two local riders also raised our blue, black and white flag high as local riding poster boy Ross Branch came out second overall in the MX1 Class and Dartagnan Lobjoit finished 4th in the MX2.
Praising the 22 riders which included a four year-old boy team spokesperson Lola Berrie of the Francistown based Lobelo Racing Club said every Motswana should be proud of the good work the team did in Zimbabwe. “The team did well in the Senior Classes and that where we shone. The race jury commented several times on what a great team we had. Our riders worked in a very professional manner. Always arriving at the start on time and always working as a team. If they had the award for the most enthusiastic team it would have gone to Botswana,” Berrie told Voice Sport after the team’s return from Zimbabwe.
Berrie went on to say that Botswana needs to do more in developing female and junior riders. “We need to have more lady riders as this is where Zambia had the upper hand over us and we had none. We also need to work on developing the juniors in the MX50 to MX85 classes as we do not have enough participation in those classes either,” the local motor cross run around lady told Voice Sport.
Berrie went on to express pride in the team.“Overall we are very proud of the team, their good sportsmanship and their positive team spirit,” she said.