Motocross: PHL vs USA this weekend in Lanao
June 24, 2011 3:57 am
MANILA, June 23 — The rivalry between Filipino and American riders resumes this weekend in the Lanao del Norte leg of the Enersel Forte Philippine and World Motocross Series in Tubod town of that province.
Filipino motocross superstars, headed by multi-titled Glenn Aguilar, will be actually eyeing a revenge over their American rivals, headed by two-time All-Japan champion Kyle Matthew Lewis in the two-day rough and tumble races on Saturday and Sunday, said Jay Lacnit, president and CEO of the organizing Sel-J Sports in Thursday's special SCOOP Sa Kamayan session at the Kamayan Restaurant-Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila.
“It will be a hell of a two-day races with our own Glenn and company raring to go and avenge their early defeats to the Americans,” Lacnit told mediamen in the public service forum, sponsored by Coca-Cola Export, FILA and TV5.
Lacnit was referring to the results of the previous World Series that started in 2010 and expanded this year, including the last race held in Iloilo City and won by Dennis Stapleton.
“The Americans, definitely, have the advantage in equipment and international experience, but our riders’ resiliency, determination and fighting spirit, I believe will lead them to victory this time.”
Stapleton and Lewis themselves, along with Tyson “Tiger” Lacey, Jacob Locks, Daniel Blair, Jesse Robert Jolson and Andrew John Morgan, who were all present in the session, expect Aguilar and company to exact revenge.
All, however, said the Filipinos, including Ambo Yapparcon of Palawan, Macmac Desbaro of Iloilo and Togs Guevara of Manila, will have to work doubly hard to offset the numerous advantages the Americans possess.
“Of course, our advantage is a given, but I have seen a lot of Filipinos compete in international races, and I can attest to their capabilities to turn the table, especially Glenn, who is well-respected all over the world,” Lewis said.
“Glenn has been giving us a hard time every time we meet and I’m sure he and the rest of local riders will do their best, as we will be doing our best, to give the fans the thrill they want to see," Stapleton, for his part, said.
Other Filipinos seeing action but who did not attend the session are Jolet Jao, Jovie Saulog, Donark Yuson and Lacnit himself.
Aguilar, who has been lording it over the Asian circuits for nearly two decades, admitted the Filipinos' handicap, especially in size, experience and equipment, quickly adding that he and his countrymen are not short in knowledge and technical knowhow in riding.
Although the centerpiece event will be the motocross proper, it will be the X-Game (freestyle) races that is worth watching because of the thrill and excitement the riders will be displaying like in the form of double jump, 360-degree summersault and other tricks.
The series, according to Lacnit, held to revive the interest of the public to the sport of motocross racing, is specially dedicated to the memory of Maico Buncio, one of the country’s promising bike racers who perished in an accident during a race at the Clark Speedway Circuit last month. (PNA) DCT/scs/LOR