Thai, Japanese riders clash in Asian moto showdown

The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 26 2012 04:06 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2012 12:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Thai Arnon Theplib and Japan’s Tomoya Suzuki, the frontrunners of the centerpiece Asian 125 category of the FIM Asia Motocross/Supercross Championship, brace for a title showdown this weekend at resumption of Asia’s premier motocross event at the Speedworld MX Circuit in SM Bicutan, Parañaque.

The event hosted by the Namssa has been dubbed the Jack Enrile Namssa Asian Supercross Championship in a tribute to the Cagayan Rep., a sportsman and motorcycle sport enthusiast, for his invaluable support and contributions to the development and promotion of motorcycle sports in the country.

On tap are two rounds of the Asian Motocross/Supercross Championship. Riders from the three Asian classes (Asian 125, Asian Junior 85 and Asian Veterans) will run two motos for Round 3 tomorrow and the two motos for the Round 4 on Sunday. Moto 1 of the national classes (Round 8 of the Namssa’s National Motocross Development Program) will be held tomorrow and Moto 2 on Sunday.If rains continue today, the practice and qualifying sessions will instead be set tomorrow to keep the racetrack safe and fit for the motos.

Namssa president Macky Carapiet cited Puerto Princesa City’s Mayor Edward Hagedorn, the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee for their continuing support for Namssa’s grassroots development programs for motorcycle sports. over the years. The NAMSSA will be hosting the Mayor Edward Hagedorn Cup on November 18 in the races marking the 9th and final leg of the 2012 NAMSSA National Motocross Development Program.

Theplib, with the able support of his wingman Jugkrit Suksripaisan, finished first in all motos of the opening rounds held in Puerto Princesa City and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Things will be different this time around, as the hard-riding Suzuki will be backed–up by compatriot Hiroshi Kawamura to defuse the two-pronged charge of the Thai tandem which he had to contend with on his own during the opening legs.

Aside from the Thais and the Japanese, riders and race officials from Sri Lanka, Guam, Mongolia, China, Russia, Singapore, Australia and the Philippines are expected at the venue beginning Friday for the practice and qualifying sessions.

Reigning Philippine National Motocross Rider of the Year Kenneth San Andres and veteran Jovie Saulog will be carrying the torch for the Philippines in the Asian 125 class. San Andres and Saulog are both looking forward to trouble-free runs to finally land a spot on the winners’ podium.

Defending Asian 85cc champion Mark Reggie Flores of San Pablo City, along with Gabriel Macaso from Cabanatuan, Radzie Kallahal from Tuburan, Basilan, Christian Ramento from Marikina, Jean Earl Jean Brylle Ornopia from Cebu and lady rider Jade Nabua from Bataan are expected to meet stiff competition from Mongolia’s Khishigmunk Munkhbolor and Sri Lanka’s Jacque Gunawardena in the Asian Junior 85 category.

Guam’s Stanley Yasuhiro will have his hands full taking on Philippine veterans Roman Llorente, Raymond Espinosa, Junjun San Andres and Gimo Gonzales in the Asian Veterans category.

For more information on the Jack Enrile NAMSSA Asian Supercross Championship and other NAMSSA organized/sanctioned events and activities, visit or the NAMSSA Secretariat Facebook page.

Laguna dominates athletics; rains halt play
The Philippine Star

CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro – Laguna added 13 more gold medals in athletics and one in table tennis while the host province dominated arnis in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy Games Southern Luzon leg here yesterday.

Triple-gold medalists Rocena Chua and Merrielyn Judilla led Laguna’s charge on the track by ruling the girls’ 14-15 4x100m relay.

With 400m run winner Jiezelle Alcantara and 1500m run gold medalist Trisha Ramirez anchoring the team, the quartet clocked 57 seconds to beat the relay teams of Oriental Mindoro (59 seconds) and Calapan City (1:04.2).

After topping the high jump, Chua of Biñan, Laguna took the gold in 100m hurdles in 18.2 seconds, defeating Ercel Santelices Oiga of Palawan (20.3) and Laguna’s Mary Jane Mantilla, who had the same clocking as Oiga.

Judilla ruled the 100m dash in 13.6 seconds to subdue Oriental Mindoro’s Lanie Malapit (13.8) and Oiga (14.3) before adding the long jump gold with a 4.86-meter leap. Laguna’s Jessica Orense took the silver (4.57) and Laiza Mae Gabayno of Oriental Mindoro placed third (4.29).

“I want to go home with lots of medals,” said Chua, a 14-year-old sophomore high schooler from St. Michael College of Laguna. She could make it four in a row with a victory in the 400m hurdles.

Organizers, meanwhile, decided to cancel most of the games yesterday as heavy rains battered the venues due to Typhoon Ofel. Mindoro was placed under Signal No. 2.

PSC commissioner Jolly Gomez announced that badminton, chess, karatedo, lawn tennis and swimming will be played tomorrow while the resumption of action in athletics depends on the condition of the Jose Leido Memorial High School track oval.

Laguna also scored in table tennis with Christian Jorge Victorio frustrating the wildly cheering crowd by downing Jerome Fernando of Calapan City, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-2, in the boys’ singles finals.

Trisha Suario of Lucban, Quezon defeated townmate Coreen Paruan, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 for the gold in the girls’ singles.

Ervin Russel Marayan delivered Oriental Mindoro’s first gold medal in this year’s talent discovery meet for athletes 15 years old and under.

Marayan got 43 points from the judges to defeat Calapan City’s Janssen Paul Delgado (38 pts) in the anyo individual double identical weapon in boys’ arnis. Delgado earlier won the anyo single weapon over Oriental Mindoro’s Justine James Magnaye.

In boxing, three entries from Puerto Princesa City won their initial bouts with Franklin dela Cernia (paper weight) stopping Oriental Mindoro’s Hyrie Honorica at 1:58 in the second round.

Puerto Princesa’s Warlito Tabat (powder) made short work of Quezon’s Marlon Artita in the first round and Franklin Racuya defeated Calapan’s Tyrone Delizo, 5-0, in the mosquito weight division.