Veteran motocross rider Glenn Aguilar successfully bounced back to keep the lead in the penultimate fourth leg of the 2016 Diamond Motocross Series on Saturday at the Mx Messiah Fairgrounds in Club Manila East Complex in Taytay, Rizal.
Showing strong determination, Aguilar easily subdued brothers Enzo Rellosa and JC Rellosa after two rounds of the Pro Open division to lead the series 3-1.
Bornok Mangosong, Aguilar’s toughest opponent, was not able to compete in the crucial leg because of injuries he got from his stint at Pilipinas Got Talent, a talent-variety show on television.
“Great race today. Bornok beat me last time and I became so motivated. But unfortunately, he got injured. Its part of the game. You just have to be ready,” said the 42-year old Aguilar in an interview with The Manila Times.
Mangosong, 24, who is riding under Team UA of Mindanao, defeated Aguilar on the third leg.
“I have nothing to lose in this kind of competition. I will be happy if someone beats me because it’s a testament that the sport is growing,” added Aguilar, who is also a prime mover in promoting motocross in the country.
Aguilar’s son, Mclean, settled at fourth place followed by Jepoy Rellosa in fifth.
The victory of the 42-year old Aguilar assured him of claiming the overall championship after the five-leg series.
The younger Aguilar, 17, also defended his title in the Pro Lites division.
“We are happy because every leg gets more exciting and challenging,” Sam Tamayo, director of Generation Congregation that is also organizing the event, said.
The other categories of the series are Executive Class, Kids 85cc, Kids 65cc, Kids 50cc, Open Underbone, Local Enduro, Amateur Open Production and MMF Academy.
JEAN RUSSEL DAVID