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ZIMBABWE'S GRAINGER RACING ALL SET FOR 2017!
by Grainger Racing.
Published with Permission.


The Grainger Racing KTM motocross team has been formed to assist the Zimbabwe based riders that have shown talent and commitment to the sport. The team principal, Gary Grainger, has been assisting young riders for the past 6 years with their dreams of becoming international racers. From supplying motorcycles to assisting with travel and logistics for the SA National series, Gary has always ensured that the Zimbabwean kids had the means and the belief to take on our neighbors.
Through the years Gary and Alfie Cox formed a strong relationship through the supply of motorcycles and assistance for our riders when abroad. This has enabled them to formulate a strong foundation on which to base a formal team that can support the riders. The team was formalized in December 2016 when the opportunity arose to assist some of Zimbabwe’s top riders and the industry was ready to support the commitment Gary had shown to the KTM brand. Since its birth, we have received great support and continue to search for assistance for our riders to ensure they get to the start line more prepared than the competition.
The riders in the team where selected from the core group that have been racing in Zimbabwe and SA for the past few years. These riders have shown the talent and commitment as you will see in their profiles below.

DAMON STRYDOM
Damon has been based in England for the past 6 years pursuing his MX career. His family is origionally from Gweru, although Damon did all his junior racing in SA. Damon will be racing the SA and British National series and has been brought into the team to lead our youngsters and mentor them in their plight to become professional racers.
Class: MX1 and MX2
Bike : KTM 450SXF and KTM 250SXF
Age: 23
Achievements:
2014 British 2 Stroke Champion
2009 125cc SA National Champion
2008 85cc Pro Mini SA National Champion
2005 85cc Jnr SA National Champion
2004 65cc SA National Champion
2002 65cc SA National Champion

REGAN WASMUTH
Having raced since the tender age of 4, Regan returned to Zimbabwe in December 2010 as the SA National Champion. This achievement created belief in the local riders and since then we have seen the level of motocross grow from strength to strength. His ability to overcome adversity and often race against older riders has set him up for a promising 2017 season.
Class: 125cc High School
Bike: KTM 125sx
Age: 15
Acheivements:
2015 125cc Runner Up FIM of African Nations
2014 85cc Runner up FIM of Africa Nations
2012 65cc Runner up FIM of Africa Nations
2011 65cc Zimbabwe Champion
2010 50cc FIM of Africa Nations Champion
2010 50cc SA National Champion

TRISTAN GRAINGER
Having started riding bikes at a young age, Tristan represented Zimbabwe as the youngest rider in the FIM Africa team when he raced in Namibia in 2009. He was the first Zimbabwean in his era to win an SA National Championship whilst based in Zimbabwe. Tristan has the experience to compete at the top of his class in any competition in 2017.
Achievements:
2016 85cc FIM SAC Champion
2016 85cc Zimbabwe National Champion
2012 50cc FIM of Africa Nations Champion
2012 50cc FIM SAC Champion
2012 50cc SA National Champion
2012 50cc Zimbabwe National Champion
2012 Zimbabwe Champion of Champions
2012 Zimbabwe Junior Motorsport Colours

DAIYAAN MANUEL
Daiyaan is possibly the most self-motivated kid I have seen in the sport. He has shown that he will not settle for second best and is always able to up the tempo under pressure. He has proved to be the top rider in his age group and continues to work hard at improving as he gains experience. He is the favourite to win the SA Nationals in his last year on the 65cc.
Achievements:
2016 65cc Runner-up SA National Championship
2014 50cc SA National Champion

LUKE SOUTHON
At the age of 7, Luke is a rider we have identified as a great future prospect. As a junior 50cc rider he has shown that he can progress into a top contender when he reaches the maximum age for the class. His family has a long history of racing and have shown great commitment to the sport over the years.

DAVID (BONZ) SOUTHON
As the Veteran of our team, Bonz has been racing since his junior 80cc days. He has decided to return to competitive racing in the newly formed 2 Stroke class on his KTM 250sx. His “Old School” experience and love for the sport are a huge asset to the team.

ASH THIXTON
Ash is a welcome new addition to our team, Ash has been racing since the tender age of 4 years old, and over his time has won several Zimbabwe championships, fared well in the sa championships and won a few FIM championships, Hi experience and mannerisms will go a long way to supporting our junior riders, as he has often been the Zimbabwe MX captain for our FIM events
Ash will be supporting Damon in the MX 2 class both in Zim and SA as well as doing the FIM SAC championship.

Current Sponsors:
- Alfie Cox Racing
- KTM
- Fuchs
- Silkolene
- Thor
- Shoei
- Biltrans
- Red Dane
- Henred Fruehauf
- Bridgestone

Thank you for your interest and support of our team. We hope to see you at the races and look forward to sending out good results in the 2017 season.

Kind regards,

Gary Grainger
Team Principle

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