Veteran motocross rider Glenn Aguilar hopes to bounce back in the fourth leg of the 2016 Diamond Motocross Series today at the Mx Messiah Fairgrounds in Club Manila East Complex in Taytay, Rizal.
The 41-year old Aguilar tasted his first defeat in the hands of younger rider Bornok Mangosong during the third leg of the series.
Mangosong, 24, was not able to compete in the first two legs, allowing Aguilar to dominate the first legs of the series.
However, the young rider from Davao City is expected to mount a serious challenge and even score another victory to catch up with Aguilar in the standings.
“Throughout the years that I raced, I learned many things and encountered difficulties along the way that made me stronger and smarter as a rider,” said Mangosong.
“But the biggest change for me is my relationship to the Lord. He made me unstoppable,” he added.
Meanwhile, Aguilar’s son, McLean, aims to defend his Pro Lites title against fellow young riders Ralph Ramento and Enzo Rellosa.
In the ladies category, Pia Gabriel and Janelle Saulog will engage in neck-and-neck battle for the Ladies Open crown.
The other categories to be disputed are Executive Class, Kids 85cc, Kids 65cc, Kids 50cc, Open Underbone, Local Enduro, Amateur Open Production and MMF Academy.
The motorcross series is backed by Diamond Motor Corporation, Wheeltek, Dunlop tires, Coffee Grounds, Xtreme Adrenaline Sports Entertainment Co., PTT Philippines Corporation and the Municipality of Taytay.
Generation Congregation organized the tournament that aims to give a venue to aspiring riders who want to excel in the sport and at the same time promote motocross.
Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits.
The National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association (NAMSSA) is the governing body of motocross in the country.
NAMSSA also promotes the safe use of two- and three-wheeled motorized vehicles, provide regulated competition events, formulate rules to govern motorcycle racing, further the interest of its membership, and to act as an international governing body affiliated with the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (International Motorcycle Federation) and Asian Motorcycle Union.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID