MRA holds competitive races

Posted on Nov 25 2020


Riders race at the Kan Pacific grounds last month. (Joseph Chin)

Motocross action will return to the Kan Pacific grounds this Sunday, as the Marianas Racing Association holds a competition at its temporary track.

MRA, which had its regular training rides at the former CowTown Raceway last weekend to test the grounds that have started to undergo clearing in preparation for the construction of the Marianas Motocross Park, will have this Sunday’s races divided into two heats (forward and reverse). The tournament will feature both kids and adult riders in dirt/MX bikes and ATVs.

Shane Alvarez takes on one of the humps along the course. (Marianas Racing Association)

Riders are required to attend a brief meeting at 2pm, while the first race on Heat 1 will start at 2:15pm and will be for peewee kids division. Riders in the first race will have to go through the course (big track) three times or five times using the small track.

For the second race in Heat 1, mini 1 and 2 will cover five laps with the competition beginning at 2:30pm, while riders in the veteran class will go through the course six times, starting at 2:45pm. At 3:05pm, it will be the turn of participants in the novice division and they will do five laps of the course.

A young rider carefully navigates a turn along the course. (Joseph Chin)

The longest distance on Heat 1 is for riders in the expert class, as they will have to log eight laps at the 3:25pm race.

To close Heat 1, ATV riders will hit the course at 3:45pm and participants will must complete five laps. Heat 1 races follow the regular (forward) route of the course.

Riders in the veteran class get ready at the starting line during a training race early this month at the Kan Pacific grounds. (Marianas Racing Association)

For Heat 2, the same order of race will be followed with minor changes in the distance. The peewee kids division (optional), minis 1 and 2 at 4pm and 4:15pm will have the same distance, while the veteran class riders are required to do only four laps when their race kicks off at 4:30pm. The novice division race at 4:45pm will still have five laps, while the expert rider class that will start at 5pm is down to seven laps. The ATV race on Heat 2 at 5:20pm will also cover less distance at four laps.

According to MRA vice president Cuki Alvarez they’ve been doing the reverse heat (racing the track backwards) lately to mix things up and get the riders used to a different track.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning riders at the end of the competition.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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