After more than year’s break, motocross racing is back in Metro Manila. The smell of gasoline and the deafening sound of motocross bikes once again filled the air as ace riders battled for supremacy at Speedworld MX Circuit near SM Bicutan just this past weekend.
Motorists crawling in heavy traffic along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) surely witnessed these flying motorbikes upon reaching the Bicutan interchange. Speedworld is the only FIM-certified track for dirt bikes in Metro Manila, and it consistently draws huge crowds of motocross on race days.
Rounds 1 and 2 of this year’s Philippine National Supercross Championship, which is organized by the National Motorcycle Sports Safety Association (NAMSSA), saw big-name participants in the Philippine motocross scene—Kenneth San Andres, Sam Tamayo, Andy King, Jethrick Marquez, Momoy Flores, and Rhowell Mangosong. The event is actually a prep for a bigger international competition.
Those who will emerge as top finishers in this local series will be racing alongside riders from Thailand, Indonesia, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, India, China, and Sri Lanka at the FIM Asia Supercross Championship on November 21-24, 2019. The event will be organized by NAMSSA and FIM Asia president Stephan ‘Macky’ Carapiet.
“The Supercross track in Manila is of international standards, and surely, the FIM championship will be the most exciting motorsport to hit Manila this year with high thrilling jumps and aerial maneuvers from the top Asian MX riders,” says Carapiet.
Over the weekend, it was Mangosong who ruled the MX 1 and MX 2 classes in the national series. David Vitero triumphed in the Novice Open Production category, Aeron Pacheco led the Local Novice Production class, Sharlet Gallarde ruled the Girls MX category, and Andy King took the Veterans class.
In case you missed the heart-pumping scenes, check out these awesome photos of the riders as they went airborne in the opening salvo of the Philippine National Supercross Championship: