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Puerto Princesa Asian MX winner to UK GP PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

“On top of the bragging rights that come with winning the top prize of the FIM Asian Motocross Championship opener in Puerto Princesa City this weekend, the winner in the centerpiece Asian MX2 category will also claim the right to represent Asia in the 2012 Grand Prix of Great Britain scheduled in Matterly Basin, Winchester, United Kingdom in August,” announced FIM Asia and NAMSSA President Macky Carapiet.

“We are happy to announce that Youthstream, the promoter of the FIM world motocross championship has agreed to accept a top Asian rider as a wild card entry in the British Motocross GP. This rare chance to race against the world's best is expected to raise the level of competition in the premier MX2 class a notch higher. As such, we are bracing ourselves for a battle royale on Sunday,” he added.

Round 1 of the FIM Asian Motocross Championship will be held at the Sta. Monica Motocross Speedway in Puerto Princesa City this weekend, April 14-15. Riders and officials from over 12 Asian nations are expected to show up at venue on raceday. The event marks the kick-off leg of the annual continental series that dispute the Asian motocross titles in the MX2, the Junior 85 and the Veterans categories. Local riders will also have their chance to show off their skills in the 3rd leg of the 2012 NAMSSA National Motocross Development Program.

As in years past, the races this weekend are being organized by NAMSSA and hosted by the Hon. Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn and his constituents from the City of Puerto Princesa. The event is also being supported by Asia Brewery, Shakeys, Polisport, Kia Palawan, Repsol, the Department of Tourism and recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Since its maiden run in 2004, the meet has become a much-awaited sporting event in the years that followed. The races attract an estimated 30,000 spectators during the competition days which gives credence to Puerto Princesa's claim as the sports tourism capital of the Philippines. With the recent inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the New Seven Wonders of Nature list, the participants in the FIM Asian Championship are all looking forward to visiting the site after the races.

Riding fireworks are expected to ignite with the confirmed participation of the defending Asian MX2 champion Arnon “Turbo” Theplib from Thailand. Theplib will have his hands full against the no-nonsense challenge being posed by Tomoya “Kamikaze” Suzuki from Japan, Khaliunbold Erdenebileg from Mongolia, Valenzuela City's pride and the 4-time Philippine National Motocross Rider of the Year Kenneth San Andres and the ageless and the multi-titled Jovie Saulog.

San Pablo City Laguna's Mark Reggie Flores opens up his title defense in the Asian Junior 85 division. Flores' will be anchoring the rest of the Philippine Junior motocross team composed of Gabriel Symon Macaso, Ralph and Christian Ramento against Iran's Amir Khodabandeloo and Khishigmungk Munkhbolor of Mongolia.

Action in the Veterans class will be equally interesting with local boys Junjun San Andres, Gimo Gonzales, Ran Ramento and Frank Derek Cu defending their turf against Guam's Stan Yasuhiro and Singapore's Wing Kit Kwok. For more information on the FIM Asia Motocross Championship and other NAMSSA events and activities, please log-on to www.namssa-live.com and www.asiamx.org.

 
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