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Asian Motocross comes to Puerto Princesa PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 February 2008

Top Filipino riders are gearing up against the foreign challenge as everything is set for the 2008 Motocross Masters of Asia - Puerto Princesa International Motocross Grand Prix set February moto.jpg21-24 at the Sta. Monica International Racetrack in Puerto Princesa City.

Young Kenneth San Andres will banner the Philippine quest for the crown in the premiere Asian 125 division of this event sponsored by the City of Puerto Princesa, Department of Tourism, Philippine Sports Commission, Bridgestone, Oakley, Castrol, motoryclephilippines.com, Inside Racing and Racewurx Composite.

Patrick North Orbe from La Union and Lorenzo “Noynoy” Rellosa III of Bicol, on the other hand, will lead the charges in the Asian Junior 85 cc division

San Andres won the kickoff leg of the 2008 NAMSSA National Series at the Fast Track Circuit in Taguig City while Orbe emerged the winner in the Junior 85 cc with Rellosa coming in close second.

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn, who’s personally supervising the preparations, disclosed that the track is near completion as well as other activities intended to showcase Filipino hospitality to the foreign delegations competing.

“With the UK crew of Star Sports and ESPN coming over to beam this prestigious event to over 500 million viewers worldwide, the Motocross Masters of Asia will be a big boost to the country’s tourism industry as  we see it as a great avenue to showcase the warm hospitality and the scenic nature spots of Puerto Princesa,” said Hagedorn.

Even Taguig City Mayor Freddie Tinga, a staunch supporter of Philippine motocross, expressed high hopes on the Filipinos’ chances against the foreign rivals in this event organized by the National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association (NAMSSA).

“I wish them all the luck. They’ve shown great talents at the Fast Track Circuit Taguig the training grounds of the Philippine Team and I’m optimistic they’ll deliver laurels for the country in this prestigious event.

This year’s race drew the biggest field with 24 international riders coming, 18 of them vying for the Asian 125 crown while the other six will be competing in the junior division.

Indonesia will be sending the biggest delegation with eight riders led by veterans Aldi Lazaroni, Denny Orlando, former Junior champ Alexander Wiguna and Dede Mulyadi.

Mongolia will also field three riders including Erdenbileg Khaliunbold, as well as Iran and Guam .

Joining the cast are two lady riders – Jaimie Plagman, a Fil-American from Guam who will be competing for the Asian 125 crown and 10-year-old Indonesian champ Ana Kirana who’ll be vying for the Asian Junior 85 title.

Up for grabs is the Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn Cup -- a sterling silver trophy coming from the city’s chief executive and his constituents.

For details on the Motocross Masters of Asia please check out web site www.namssa.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 0917-8992363.

 
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