Du Plooy included in SA Motocross team

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RUFUS BOTHA

Nine-year-old Wian du Plooy of Bloemfontein has been included in the South African team to compete at the FIM (Federation of International Motocross) Africa Motocross of Africa Nations in Zimbabwe.

This continental clash will take place from 28 to 30 August at the Donnybrook circuit in Harare with no less than 15 countries competing for a spot on the podium. Some of the countries being represented are Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia, Morocco and Madagascar. 

Respective category winners will be crowned African champions after the event. 

Du Plooy, a Grade 3 learner at the Grey College Primary School, will wear the green and gold in the 50cc Pro Class and with this selection he was awarded his full South African colours from Motorsport South Africa.

He is also the only member of the Bloemfontein Off Road Club to be included in the team for the African championships and is currently leading the 50cc Pro Class in the Free State regional championships. He is a busy rider and competes in two national MX series. 

Du Plooy is leading the South African championships on points ahead of his main rival, Emmanuel Bako. Bako coincidentl hails from Zimbabwe and these two stars could be involved in severe battles at the mentioned African meeting. 

In the other national series, the MSA (Motorsport South Africa) national MX series, Du Plooy is second on points.

Yes, you guessed right, the Zimbabwean, Bako, leads this series. There are still two races to be contested in the series and thriller races are on the cards between the Zimbabwean rider and the Grey youngster.

As far as rankings are concerned, Du Plooy rules the roost, topping both national MX series. Eight national championships races have been contested thus far (in 2015) and Du Plooy stepped onto the podium no less than six times. 

Du Plooy is coached by one of the greats in South African Motocross, Tyson Engelbrecht. He is a former South African captain and national series rider in the MX2 class.