Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Asian MX2 title remains a toss-up among the series’ top three contenders promising local motorsport fans exciting motocross action when the FIM Asian Motocross Supercross Championship, Asia’s premier motocross contest winds up at the Speedworld MX Circuit in SM Bicutan, Parañaque on December 12. The continental event will coincide with the 12th and final leg of the 2010 NAMSSA Philippine National Motocross Championship.
The final leg of the continental championship is being hosted by the National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association (NAMSSA), the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) legally recognized national sporting authority for motorcycle sports in the Philippines and the sole local federation affiliated with the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the world governing body for motorcycle sports.
Riders, teams, media and officials from Japan, Mongolia, Iran, Australia, Malaysia, Guam, USA and the Philippines have confirmed their attendance in the continental event of 23 Asian federations.
Japan’ Tomoya “Kamikaze” Suzuki leads the MX2 scoreboard with 142 points to enter the final stage with a precarious 6-point spread over his perennial rival, ace Mongolian rider, Khaliunbold Erdenebileg. Not far behind them is Iran’s Amir Reza Sabetifar with 124 points.
The country’s reigning Motocross Rider of the Year Kenneth San Andres is expected to join the fray in his hopes of taking a spot on the podium before his countrymen. San Andres who stands 5th in the overall standings regained his form in the penultimate round held in Iran in October where he finished 4th behind Suzuki, Erdenebileg and Sabetifar.
The country’s top junior rider Jean Erick Mitra from Nueva Ecija, will formally clinch the Asian Junior 85 Division title this weekend. Mitra is the runaway winner in the Junior class with a perfect score of 150 points over three rounds. Guam’s Jacob Einloth, who stands second in the standings is expected to provide Mitra the competition this weekend.
Mitra’s achievement marks the fulfillment of NAMSSA’s mission of discovering riding talents from the grassroots level, honing their skills in national competitions before eventually sending them off to in international and continental events.