THE country’s top motocross riders will see action in the first leg of the MX Messiah Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb.2 at the MMF Club Manila East in Taytay, Rizal.
Davao-pride Bornok Mangosong will have his hands full defending his overall title in the centerpiece pro open category when he goes up against young rival Jeric Mitra of 87 Racing, Bicol-pride Enzo Rellosa and a host of equally daring riders.
Others expected to shine in the seven-leg series are Ralph Ramento, Ompong Gabriel and David Viterbo, who dominated the 85cc division before turning pro.
‘‘Everybody wants to beat Bornok. He is now the idol of the young riders,’’ said veteran race organizer Sam Tamayo, who guested in the weekly “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros.
The race is sanctioned by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), headed by Abraham Kahlil ‘‘Baham’’ Mitra.
Titleholder Pia Gabriel of Nueva Ecija leads the cast of the favorites in the ladies division.
Jasmin Jao, daughter of motocross legend Jolet Jao, and Quiana Reyes will banner the contenders.
Known for his daredevil style, the 27-year-old Mangosong is widely popular not only in Luzon but also in Visayas and Mindanao.
Mangosong is sponsored by Yamaha.
Mangosong and Jao also guested in Usapang Sports.
Shana Tamayo is favored to win the girls class (12 and below),while Joshua Tamayo, Kindrich Flores and Christian Mercado will compete in the Yamaha PW50 (5 and below), 50cc (7 and below), 50cc (9 and below) at 65cc classes. Other categories are the amateur open production (17 and below), amateur open production (No age limit), veterans class (35 and above), executive (40 and above), open local enduro (125-150 4-stroke), pen Loclal enduro 2-stroke and power enduro.
Host Generation Congregation will also offer MMF Academy classes. ‘‘We want to unite motocross in the country and give the riders the chance to polish their skills. We want to stress safety riding,’’ said Tamayo.
The series is supported by Shell Advance Motorcycle Oil, Yamaha Motor Philippines, Fox Racing Philippines, Coffee Grounds, Dunlop Tires and Richbian Taxi.