Guam – This past Sunday the village of Umatac was rumbling and shaking from the sounds of the Discovery Day Motocross event where dozens of Guam’s top motocross stars were putting on a show. With classes that ranged from kids minibike and ATVs, to the bigger kids and adult motorcycles and ATVs, there was something for everyone. The races were free thanks to the people, Mayor Dean Sanchez and his staff of the village of Umatac.
The race track itself was built next to an island landmark, the Umatac Bridge, and was rebuilt and prepped for this year’s event by several generous volunteer efforts by Bobcat Guam, Pine Rental Services, GTR Motorsports, Marcus Guerrero and Anthony Costa. This year’s track layout was suited with the islands younger riders in mind and made for some of this year’s closest and wildest racing.
In the 85cc minibike class #14 Anthony Ignacio was able to launch his Yamaha into the lead from the drop of the green flag in each of his three, 12 lap heats and maintain that lead to the finish. With the three heat sweep Anthony Ignacio easily took the 85cc overall win in this year’s Discovery Day Motocross.
With Ignacio dominating in the lead, the battle for position was between, Suzuki mounted, #617 Troy Corpuz and #1 JR Cepeda, on his Johnstone Supplies supported Kawasaki. The two speedsters went at it as if there was more than just a plastic trophy and bragging rights on the line passing each other back and forth, keeping the huge crowd on hand screaming cheers and standing for the entire race.
At the checkers it was Corpuz taking the second place position with Cepeda having to settle for that final step on the podium. Taking fourth place was, Suzuki mounted, #98 Marshal Vawters with #4 Rowen Pereira taking 5th on his Kawasaki.
The Kids 90cc Atv class saw yet another dominating performance from the #9 machine of Ramon Torres. Torres, aboard his Haul Pro supported Apex, would take an early lead in each of the three, 15 lap heats and then move forward uncontested to the checkers for perfect three heat sweep for the overall win. Taking second was #27 Marcus Manglona, aboard his GTR Motorsports supported DRX, with third and fourth going respectively to #3 Bernabe Guerrero, on a GTR Motorsports supported DRX, and Haul Pro supported DRX rider #88 Janissa Torres.
The Kids 70cc Atv class was also the scene of another dominating performance as #49 Mason Manglona, aboard a GTR Motorsports DRX, swept all three of the 12 lap heats to take that class with the overall win. Finishing in second was #18 Isaiah Reyes, aboard the Aloha Maid supported DRX, with third and fourth going respectively to #6 Jose Simpson, on a DRX, and #5 Colin Ray Cruz, also aboard a DRX.
Taking the Kids 50cc Atv win was Aloha Maid supported DRX racer #16 Luke Reyes.
#6 Donavan Pitter aboard his Honda showed his experience in the wild and furious Open Atv class by riding smart and staying out of trouble to take this year’s overall win in his class. Taking second, with a completely opposite approach, was the exciting and hard charging #20 Travis Joaquin. He’s a crowd favorite aboard his Suzuki. Third in the Open atv class went to #5 Marcus Guerrero, aboard his Pine Rental supported Honda. Rounding out the top five were #17 Andrew Painter, aboard a Yamaha and #16 Jeremiah Shelton, aboard a Suzuki.
In the Open Motorcycle class #0 Errol Angoco was unstoppable as he took his nimble two stroked Yamaha and smoked the competition for this year’s overall Discovery Day Motocross title. Angoco was riding on a whole different and higher level from the rest of the field of competitors as he was able to throw his Yamaha around and put it anywhere he wanted to on the track. Taking second was Cycles Plus rider #7 Jonathan Tye Lizama, aboard a Kawasaki, with Honda mounted #111 Jacob Einloth taking third. Rounding out the top five was were Cycles Plus team mates #00 Caleb Barretto, aboard a Honda and #5 Shawn Aguilo, aboard a Kawasaki.
Up next for Guam motocross racers and fans is this coming Sunday, March 13th. It’s the third round of this year’s ten round Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championships. The event is happening at the Guam International Raceway in Yigo and is free for everyone to come out and watch. Gates open at 9am and racing starts at 1pm.
For more information contact Bob at 727-5381 or visit www.AtvMotocrossGuam.com. Special thanks to RPM Yamaha and Cycles Plus Honda.
Information from a press release.