The 2017 National Supermoto Race of Champions to the “City of Gentle People,”
Dumaguete City in Negros Islandfor the Visayas-Mindanao races, held August 5-6 at the open grounds of the Robinson’s Mall and Go Hotel in downtown Dumaguete. It was the city’s first exposure to an actual Supermoto race.
“Since Supermoto is a relatively new discipline, the costs of changing to the 17-inch wheel sets with road racing tires for the motocross bikes seemed too prohibitive for most of the participants. Instead of having a race track with 30 percent dirt and 70 percent tarmac, we made the road course,” said seven-time National Motocross Champion Jovie Saulog, who served as the Race Director for the National Supermoto ROC series.
“The race is designed to determine the best rider who can be fast on the asphalt, fly high on the jumps, carry their speed around the berms, and endure the same for several laps, each time improving their racing lines and clocking quicker times,” shared Shariffa “Shawie” Dizon, the promoter-organizer of the National Supermoto ROC series.
Most of the riders were dyed-in-the-wool motocrossaficionados but were excited and intrigued with the new format. “It’s really challenging, more so with knobby tires at speed on asphalt, but it’s very exciting, too”, said Christian Ramento, of Team Jo’s /JMS Racing. “You really have to put your head in the game even if you’re a seasoned motocross racer.”
All the racers had their game faces during the two championship races on race day, Sunday. Ton-ton Angcondominated the Underbone category with Tata Calingacionin second, and DokieSardonin third.But it was fifth-placer Neil Vallejera who captured the admiration of the crowd and the organizers because he was riding without a left hand, which he lost in an accident several years ago.A special prizewas given to Vallejera. He will compete as a wild card in the Underbone categoryduring the Philippine International Supermoto Championship races that will be held in Palawan on October 21-22.
Dumaguete native,Seth Peralta, dominated the Power Enduro category with Elijah Cabayona, RobieColumna, Mart Valencia, and HausinJardeleza hot on his heels. Peralta will also run as a wild card in the Supermoto races in Palawan. Meanwhile, ElijaCadayona showed mastery of the course by bagging first place in the Local Enduro category, followed by Tata Calingacion in second, and AikeeMapa in third. Veteran motocross racers Elton See (first), Jun Ng (second), and Marc Garcia (third)wowed the crowd with their timeless form in the Executive/VIP category.
It was the Supermoto category with the most hotly contested races of the day. Team UA’s Bornok Mangosong, who also auditioned in “Pilipinas Got Talent,” flew high and proud for the people of Mindanao when he captured the 2017 Supermoto ROC Vis-Min championship. He will represent the country and compete in the Newcastle Supermoto Championship races in Australia on September 2-3, in the Indonesia International Supermoto Championship races in Malang on October 7-8, and in the Philippine International Supermoto Championship races in Palawan on October 21-22, 2017.
Second placer Ralph Ramento did well, too, as he will compete in the international races in Indonesia and Palawan. Ralph’s brother, Christian, came in third.
“We would like to promote Supermoto as a new venue to harness the talents of our local motorcycle racers,” said Blanch Arreza, Brand Manager for Total Hi-Perf Motorcycle Oil. “It is also our way to open the avenue for Philippine riders to compete in international completion to further improve their racing skills.”
The 2017 National Supermoto Race of Champions Visayas-Mindanao races was presented by Total Hi-Perf Motorcycle Oil, sponsored by Fox’s Racing Apparel, and supported by Robinson’s Malls, Go Hotel, Nature Spring Mineral Water, Jo’s Chicken Inato, JMS Motocross School, and MotorCycle Magazine. The races are conducted under the close observation of the Philippine Authority for Motorcycle Sports and Safety (PAMSS), the national sports association (NSA) for motorcycle racing accredited by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
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