The country’s motocross legends go head-to-head in the 2016 Diamond Motocross Series on February 27 at the MX Messiah Fairgrounds, Phase 2 of Club Manila East Complex in Taytay, Rizal.
Glenn Aguilar, Jovie Saulog, Jing Leongson, Bebet Dela Cruz, Jolet Jao along with JC and Enzo Rellosa are among riders who will compete in the Pro Open class that has a cash pot of P20,000 at stake.
“The riders are excited. Young, veteran, legends of the sport are all excited. We are just thankful to God for the opportunity of a new start,” said Samuel Mark Tamayo, director of Generation Congregation on Tuesday at weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s in Malate, Manila.
The Diamond Motocross is a five-leg competition that will showcase amateur and newbie classes in the Amateur Open, Veterans, Executive Open, Kids 85, 65 and 60 classes as well as the Newbie Open Production Category, Newbie Local Endure, Open Local Endure and the Open Local Underbone.
Tamayo believes the motocross series will give an opportunity to aspiring riders who aim to excel in the sport.
Fast rising riders Jacob Orbe, Ralph Ramento, Mclean Aguilar and Jepoy Rellosa are expected to join the series.
“Since this is a series, we will have championship points. Kung sino ang may pinakamataas na points [those who will get the highest points][after the series], he will be declared the champion,” Xtreme Adrenaline Sports Marketing head Elgene Cruz said.
Since the series has tied up with a new partner, Diamond Motor Corporation (DMC), Tamayo said he aims to sustain and expand the partnership by living to its mission of promoting motocross and engage more people to try the sport.
“Diamond Motors is really looking to expand and looking to partner with building relationships with our customers. We want to be passionate about what our customers are passionate. [When] I saw the passion that Sam Tamayo has in the sport and those involved in the sport, it really rolled off me,” said Jon Blaylock, head of Planning and Marketing of DMC.
“Since we are a company selling cars, we are trying to push that angle to show people that we are not just about selling cars but we are about people investing to what people are passionate about,” Blaylock said.
Besides the motocross races, the event will have a concert and other activities in the loop.
“We are not also promoting the race but we are trying to promote also the theme. We’re going to have a lot of activities in the area,” Cruz said.
Local bands including Firefalldown, Light of Luna, Imbue No Kudos, Maryzark and Reborn will grace the event backed by Wheeltek, Dunlop Tires, Coffee Grounds, XAS Entertainment Co., PTT Philippines Corporation, Monster Energy and the Municipality of Taytay.
A test drive of the all-new Mitsubishi Montero Sport will also form part of the activities.
After the kickoff series on Saturday, the following rounds will be on March 12, April 2, April 23, and May 21.
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, Asian Motorcycle Union, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission.