Guam - This past Sunday the Guam International Raceway saw the return of it's high flying championship motocross racing after just having a one month break in the ten round Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championships schedule. The ten round championships are gratefully being supported also by Cycles Plus Honda and RPM Yamaha.
Round six of the ten round championship series was action packed and saw some of this year's closest bar to bar racing yet. Round six also saw several fast young riders making the move from the 85cc and Open Kids Minibike class up into the premier Open Motorcycle class where the big guns of sport compete on the big full sized race bikes. The racing started at 1pm under perfect clear and sunny skies and was a free event to come out and enjoy.
A large courtesy canopy for spectators to watch the races in the cool shade was set up front and center of the day's racing action and gave spectators a perfect panoramic view of the entire race track and all the days' up close racing action.
Open Motorcycle Class – HEAT 1
With a large contingent of Open Motorcycle class competitors all lined up with their throttles revved Mark Torres the official round six Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championship starter threw the green flag signifying the start of the heat. With the loud roar of the machines along with the screams of the fans the ground seemed as if to vibrate as the competitors rounded the first turn and went flying by into and down the long straight that leads into the tight jump section of the course.
Off the start taking the lead early was #59 Caleb Barretto aboard the team Cycles Plus supported Honda followed by #7 Jonathan Lizama aboard a team Cycles Plus supported Kawasaki and a pack of throttled up racers. Going down early and in spectacular fashion was Triple J supported #33 Jake Jones who was able to quickly remount his Honda and reenter the race. Also having difficulty on the first lap was Yamaha mounted #94 Bryan Barker who allowed his machine to stall out in a tight turn which took him several kicks to restart and get himself back into the mix. As the riders came around for the completion of lap one of what would turn out to be a 17 lap heat, 20 minutes plus one lap, #59 aboard the Honda was clearly pulling away from the rest of the competition. #7 Jonathan Lizama also was pulling away from the rest of the field comfortably in the second place position.
Running in third but having to fight to keep the position was Yamaha mounted #14a Anthony Ignacio who also leads the 85cc class and had just moved up for round six into the Open Motorcycle class pulling double duty racing in two separate class events this day. Hot on Ignacio's rear wheel in the fourth position was another young gun #42 JR Cepeda aboard the Johnstone supported Kawasaki pulling double duty also in his first Open Motorcycle class event of his life. Rounding out the top five was Honda mounted #111 Jacob Einloth who was quickly being pressured by #1 Honda mounted Cycles Plus supported Rico Pereira who was yet another rider making the move up from the Minibike class into the Open Motorcycle class on this day. As the race wore on Pereira was able to take his Honda Cr150 past the #111 of Einloth to secure the fifth place position. At the checkers for heat 1 it was the #59 Honda of Caleb Barretto taking first with Lizama, Ignacio, Cepeda, and Pereira rounding out the top five respectively.
Open Motorcycle HEAT 2
Once again the ground seemed to tremble as the green flag flew for the start of what was now heat 2 of the Open Motorcycle class. The #59 machine of Caleb Barretto was once again out front leading the way with #7 Lizama in second. This time #33 Jake Jones kept it up right and was running in third but was receiving a ton of pressure from both the Yamaha of #14a Anthony Ignacio and the #1 Honda Cr150 of Rico Pereira.
The battle for third was intense with Pereira making the move first on the #14a of Ignacio then two laps later the move into third past Jones. Pereira held the third place position for three laps until the #33 of Jones came roaring back by moving Pereira back into the fourth place position. Still charging hard was the #14 of Ignacio who ran a solid fifth and was keeping himself with striking range of third and fourth. Going down and eventually reentering the mix was #42 JR Cepeda who had now the task of catching up from the back of the pack.
At the checkers it was once again Honda mounted and Cycles Plus supported #59 Caleb Barretto taking first for the heat and first overall for the round. Barretto's win extends his championship points lead now with 255 points over second place Jonathan Lizama's 216 points. Cycles Plus supported Jonathan Lizama aboard the Kawasaki took second in the heat and also for the round. Taking third in the heat was #33 Jake Jones but it was rookie star Anthony Ignacio aboard the #14a Yamaha that took third place overall for the round with his third place and fifth place heat finishes.
Taking fourth in the heat was #1 Rico Pereira who also finished fourth overall for the round with his fifth place and fourth place heat finishes. Jones aboard his Triple J supported Honda rounds out the top five overall for the round.
The Open Minibike Kids class saw #14 Anthony Ignacio aboard a Yamaha and #42 JR Cepeda aboard a Cycles Plus supported Kawasaki never more than a few bike length apart as they fought it out for the win. The Yamaha of Ignacio was too much for the rest of the competitors and took the win with Cepeda taking second and Marshal Vawters jr taking third. #4 Rowan Pereira took fourth while first time racer #35 Michael Murphy impressed everyone by taking fifth aboard his Kawasaki.
In the Open Atv class #1 Robert Bucek took first aboard the Cycles Plus Suzuki Ltr450 with Yamaha mounted #73 Tony Gumabon taking second. #10 Shane Reyes took his Kawasaki 450 to a third place finish.
Open Kids ATV
#9 Ramon Torres aboard his Haul Pro supported Apex showed once again why he has gone undefeated thus far in the Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championships by taking first in both of his two heats. Taking second and having led for several laps was Docomo supported Marcus Manglona aboard his #27 Apex. Manglona was blazing fast and was challenging the leader Torres at times. Taking third was another Docomo supported rider #49 Mason Manglona aboard a Drx. Rounding out the top five were #18 Isaiah Reyes on a Drx supported by Aloha Maid and team GTR supported #33 Dylan Aguon on a Drx taking fifth.
On Sunday June 12th at the Guam International Raceway in Yigo the seventh round of ten of the Monster Energy Guam Motocross Championship will take place. The gates open at 9am with racing set to start at 1pm. It is free for everyone to come out to watch. For more information visit www.AtvMotocrossGuam.com or contact Guam Racing Federation Public Information Officer Robert Bucek at 727-5381.
Robert Bucek contributed to this report