Motocross Masters Of Asia Expected To Set New Record High For Puerto Princesa

March 14th, 2006

Puerto Princesa City hopes to set a new record high as it plays host to the forthcoming FIM-UAM 2006 Motocross Masters of Asia for the third year-in-a-row this weekend, March 18-19 at the sprawling FIM-compliant permanent Puerto Princesa City motocross racetrack adjacent to the City Hall.

FIM-UAM Vice-President and NAMSSA Director Macky Carapiet said the interest generated this early about the event could even surpass the record 70,000 spectators from last year.

He further added that Hagedorn expects the Motocross Masters of Asia will not only to firm up Puerto Princesa’s tag as the country’s Sports Tourism Capital but also boost the country’s image as ESPN and Star TV bring the event to their new record high of 540 million households worldwide.

“The Motocross Masters of Asia is expected to turn around the country’s image as it showcases the peaceful environment of Puerto Princesa as well as its nature frontiers and scenic spots. That’s why Hagedorn and City Administrator Atty. Agustin Rocamora are making the hands-on supervision of all the preparations,” said Carapiet in the weekly PSA forum sponsored by Red Bull.

Twenty-five riders from 12 competing nations will be vying for the prestigious for the coveted crown in the centerpiece 125cc class, the Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn Cup — a sterling silver trophy coming from the city’s chief executive and his constituents.

The Philippines’ very own Glenn Aguilar, who was recently feted as the 2006 Golden Wheel International Awardee, vowed to give his all for the country’s pride and honor but admits he may have a hard time against the younger champion rivals in this event organized by the NAMSSA and supported by the City of Puerto Princesa, the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, the Department of Finance, Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Import Services..

“Although James Robinson of New Zealand has been tagged as Aguilar’s toughest rival for the crown, Glenn is also focusing his preparations against new but equally competitive riders like China’s Shi Lok and Shi Yu Men, Kazuki Sugiyama of Japan and Jye Harvey of Australia who could pull off surprise,” related Carapiet.

“Likewise, the threat of defending champion Arnon “Turbo” Theplib of Thailand, Aep Dadang Supriatna and Denny Orlando of Indonesia still remain. So it’s really one unpredictable showdown for the plum.”

Joining the hunt for the champion trophy are the Philippines’ Kenneth San Andres, Jovie Saulog and Bebet de la Cruz; former Indonesian 85 stalwarts Aldi Lazaroni and Adi Aprian; Nic Yasuhiro of Guam; Floyd de la Cruz and Ellery Cruz of Saipan; Gayan Sandaruwan of Sri Lanka and Hongkong’s Sean Hewett.

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