Guam – This Sunday, February 19th, Guam’s motocross racers will be geared up and set to pin the throttle as they do battle in what is the premier motorcycle and atv racing series, the Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championships. Round 1 of the scheduled 12 round championship series is set to kick off with the Open Motorcycle class at 1pm this Sunday out at the Guam International Raceway in Yigo. Each class to also include the Open Atv, Kids Mini Bike, and Kid Mini Atv will each do two grueling heats on a course that is fast, rough and loaded with jumps that will send the riders and the machines launching high and far through the air.
Something new and very special to this year’s series is the Shell V-Power Holeshot award. Riders in respective classes will be lining up during their second heat with the hopes of getting a great launch at the start and leading the rest of the field through the first turn therefore taking the holeshot and the award. Holeshot award winners will receive a fuel pass in the form of Shell V-Power Fuel coupons. With the possibility of over 20 machines on the line the drag race to and through the first turn will be a race within a race and one everyone will want to be watching.
With the support of Hawaiian Rock, Smithbridge, Bobcat Guam, and others the course for most of this years series rounds is challenging and rough with huge jumps strategically placed so that fans can be up close to the high flying racers.
Some Of The Contenders set to have the ground shaking are-
In the Open Motorcycle class reigning Guam champion Caleb Barretto racing under the Cycles Plus team tent is ranked #1 and is looking to once more dominate the series. Caleb earned the championship last year in 2011 in both the Open and 450cc motorcycle category and also took the Monsoon series championship in both those classes held late last year.
Also looking strong is Jonathan Tye Lizama who is ranked #2. Jonathan has a smooth riding style that looks effortless but is very fast. Tye took the 250cc motorcycle class championship in 2011 but may be on a 450 this year.
The young guns of #42 JR Cepeda aboard a Kawasaki and Anthony Ignacio ranked #6 will be bringing last years intense 85cc rivalry to the Open Motorcycle class. Both riders are fearless and determined to win and will be up front if not on the ground.
Also looking strong is Jacob Einloth who is ranked #3. Jacob is aboard a brand new Yamaha ride and looks comfortable, confident and fast during warm up races held a few weeks back. Also very fast during practices was Agat resident Errol Angoco who was whipping his dad’s 450 Yamaha over jumps as if it was a much lighter 250 is a natural. If Errol races the entire series he is a serious threat to win the championship. With the Open Motorcycle class pool of riders at over 20 potentially on the line to include stand outs such as Shawn Aguilo, Jake Jones, Rico Pereira, Gary Camacho, and Marshal Vawters the field of contenders for this years championship extends to at least another dozen riders who each have the speed and will to contend for this years title.
In the Open Atv class look for #1 Robert Bucek aboard the Cycles Plus Suzuki Ltr450 to have his hands full trying to stay in front of the hard charging rookie Ramon Torres who is contesting aboard a Simpson Family Suzuki Ltr450. Also in the hunt for the championship will be Anthony Gumabon, Cid Caser and Shane Reyes.
In the Kids Mini bike class #14 Andrew Ignacio looks strong with brothers Gavin and Branton Kerns along with Stoney Bucek to be building up experience as the series continues.
In the Kids Mini Atv class the brothers Mason and Marcus Manglona are looking fast along with Collin Ray Cruz, Janissa Torres, Jeric Johnson, Luke and Isaiah Reyes, and at least another half dozen riders.
Round 1 of the series is free to come out and watch and everyone is encouraged to come on out to the track to watch the thrilling bar to bar racing. A spectators canopy has been set up so those who want to come to the races only need to bring a camera, chair and some cold drinks. Gates open at 9am for practice with the racing set to start at 1pm. For more information visit http://www.AtvMotocrossGuam.com or call Bob at 727-5381. The 2012 Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championships is being supported in part by RPM Yamaha, GTR Motorsports, Cycles Plus Honda, Kawasaki, Honda, Hawaiian Rock, Smithbridge, HaulPro, Bobcat Guam, and Monster Energy to just to name a few.
Information from a press release.