Henry “Hanky Panky” Camacho Jr. didn’t mess around en route to winning the Novice Class of the Marianas Racing Association’s 2021 Monster Energy Point Series Race held the past seven months at the CowTown Raceway Park in Marpi.
The 29-year-old got the much coveted No. 1 plate after totaling 301 points during the MRA awards banquet held last July 28 at the Royal Taga Hall of the Saipan World Resort.
Riding his trusty 2020 Kawasaki 250F, Camacho finished No. 1 in the final two races to edge Corry Pangelinan for the Novice Class championship. Pangelinan settled for runner-up honors with 290 points, while Kier Agda came in third with 245 points.
Camacho, who first learned to ride aboard a 50cc bike when he was just 10 years old, said his victory in the Novice Class was just the start of his journey into motocross.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to do well. Always tried to push myself. Winning is nice but knowing I’ve improved since Day 1 means more to me than the No. 1 plate. The intermediate division will be the next step for this upcoming season,” he said.
Camacho said like almost everyone on island, he drew his inspiration in motocross from his father, Henry Sr., as well as his brothers. He also thanked his wife for letting him compete in the dirt track.
“I’m dedicating this championship to my wife, my son, and my parents for supporting my dream to ride again,” he said.
In the Peewee 1 Class, Ezekiel Camacho won with 298 points to edge Conan Iakopo who wound up with 279 points. Completing the Top 3 was Zane Fujihara with 271 points.
Jonoah Santos topped the Peewee Class II with his 338 points. Keenon Togawa and T.J. Ferrer finished second and third with 286 points and 240 points, respectively.
First, second, and third place received $200, $150, and $100 cash prizes, certificates of recognition, plus the No. 1, 2, and 3 plates that they can use for next season. First place also got a gigantic plastic cart from YCO True Value.
Results of the Power Puff and Veterans classes will be published in the next issue of Saipan Tribune.