Bri­tish Moto-X cham­pion for Zim Sum­mer Se­ries

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And John­ston (13) told The Her­ald from his base in the UK that he just can’t wait to get on the track at Don­ny­brook where he will be mak­ing his de­but ap­pear­ance in the Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries next week.

“I’m so ex­cited to be com­ing over to Zim­babwe, it’s a dream come true. And it is my first time to ride out­side of Europe. I’m re­ally thank­ful for ev­ery­one that has helped me to get over there.

“I’ll be us­ing a bike from Zim­babwe and just us­ing my own sus­pen­sion,” John­ston said. Judd Orange Bri­gade’s John­ston has won nu­mer­ous junior mo­tocross awards in the UK, in­clud­ing the 2018 Bri­tish Rider of the Year award in the 85cc (small wheel) cat­e­gory. This came af­ter he swept to vic­tory in a num­ber of na­tional events this year. He also won the 2018 Judd KTM Bri­tish Youth Na­tional Pow­ered By Parts Europe Small Wheel 85cc ti­tle. John­ston at one stage led the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship with 516 points and a 17-point ad­van­tage over the 2017 65cc Bri­tish Cham­pion Wal Beaney.

John­ston was cho­sen this year to race against some of Bri­tain’s best riders for the newly-formed Judd Orange Bri­gade team. The team was formed for 2018 as an ini­tia­tive for KTM and Judd to help de­velop young tal­ent in the UK and the Bri­tish Youth Na­tional se­ries.

And next week, John­ston will be fly­ing to this part of the world to take part in the 2018 Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries at Don­ny­brook where he will pit his rid­ing skills in the 85cc Class against some of the coun­try’s tal­ented riders who in­clude the ir­re­sistible Daiyaan Manuel, Em­manuel Bako, Jamie Do­ran, Dil­lan Faasen, Mika De­ter­ing, Cameron Mel­lor and Tris­tan Vers­feld.

But John­ston is likely to have his hands full when he takes to track against Daiyaan Manuel (13) who mo­nop­o­lised the 85cc Class this sea­son in which he was vir­tu­ally un­touch­able in both Club and Na­tional events at Don­ny­brook.

There’s also Bako (13), who on his day, can be a pain in the neck for any rider that he comes up against on his favourite hunt­ing ground - Don­ny­brook.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how Daiyaan Manuel and Bako will han­dle the pres­sure in the 85cc Class where fel­low young small-wheel rider John­ston will be nip­ping at their wheels dur­ing next week’s Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries.

So, this year’s Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries prom­ises to have a full pro­gramme of top-notch mo­tocross racing at its very best. Full gates, a great turn out of spec­ta­tors and crack­ing racing will be the or­der of the day dur­ing the three-day event. A great at­mos­phere is guar­an­teed.

This year’s Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries will once again con­sist of two Su­per­cross (night racing) events on De­cem­ber 12 and 14; and one full day of mo­tocross ac­tion on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion on De­cem­ber 16.

BEST OF THE BRI­TISH . . . Bri­ton Bai­ley John­ston will add an in­ter­na­tional flavour to this year’s Zim­babwe Sum­mer Se­ries at Don­ny­brook in Harare next week

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