MRA nearly done with raceway clearing

Posted on Dec 24 2020


Young riders navigate a flat course during last Sunday’s Marianas Racing Association event at the former CowTown Raceway in Marpi.(Joseph Chin)

Mariana Racing Association will continue to hold competitions at the soon-to-rise Marianas Motocross Park in Marpi as the course clearing is almost done.

“We will now continually race at our permanent home,” MRA vice president Cuki Alvarez said, as they returned to the former CowTown Raceway last Sunday for the fourth leg of their series of competitive races.

Adult riders in action in the Expert Open class. (Joseph Chin)

“It was so awesome to race there again, brought back so many memories! The track is actually about 95% complete. We just need to trim a few more grassy areas. But we can totally race safely and the track is very smooth with lots of big jumps,” Alvarez added.

Alvarez and the more than 20 MRA riders rounded the course several times last weekend with the MRA vice president topping the Expert Open class race. The same course was used in the kids races with Jonoah Santos, Therese Borja, and M.J. Camacho winning in the Peewee, ATV, and Minis 1 and 2 divisions, respectively.

Cuki Alvarez, left, watches a young rider clear an obstacle during the Marianas Racing Association event at the former CowTown Raceway in Marpi. (Joseph Chin)

“The kids raced the same track, a shorter version of it. We just basically cut the course in half and kept them on the infield,” said Alvarez, who got his second win in the series after beating his son Shane and 10 other riders in their division.

Before heading back to their old turf, Alvarez and company utilized the Kan Pacific grounds and created temporary course for both adults and young riders. The Kan Pacific grounds provided a good alternate venue for MRA races, as the group worked on reviving motocross on island and getting back their former raceway in Marpi.

Adult riders compete in the Expert Open class race. (Joseph Chin)

Then last October, the CNMI government through the Department of Public Lands and Department of Community and Cultural Affairs signed over the former CowTown Raceway land to MRA, paving the way for the motocross family’s return to its old home and establishment of the Marianas Motocross Park.

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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