MRA riders return to old turf

Posted on Dec 23 2020


Franklin Santos is airborne after passing through an obstacle during last Sunday’s Marianas Racing Association’s event at the former CowTown Raceway in Marpi. (Joseph Chin)

The fourth leg of the Marianas Racing Association’s series of competitive races was moved to the former CowTown Raceway with Jonoah Santos, Therese Borja, M.J. Camacho, and Cuki Alvarez prevailing in their respective classes.

The father-and-son duo of Cuki and Shane Alvarez continued their seesaw battle for the top honors in the Expert Open class with the former again denying his son back-to-back victories. Cuki, who lost to Shane in the tiebreak during the kick-off leg MRA’s series of race on Nov. 29 before winning the Dec. 6 competition, got victory No. 2 when he completed first the eight-lap course last weekend.

Mariana Racing Association’s young riders pose for a photo. (Joseph Chin)

“It was our very first race (competition) at CowTown since 2010. What an awesome day!” said Cuki after returning to his former stomping ground where the new Marianas Motocross Park will be built.

Shane, who clinched first place in the Dec. 13 race at the Kan Pacific grounds, settled for the runner-up honors ahead of Angelito Hernaez, Kiku Santos, Corry Pangelinan, Patrick Togawa, Chris Alepuyo, Kier Agda, Boss Alvarez, Etay Mendoza, Henry Camacho (ATV), and Vince Torres.

In the Minis 1 and 2, M.J. Camacho returned after missing the third leg to beat five other riders. Camacho, who won the Dec. 6 Mini 1 race, defeated Ethan and Devin Yumul, BengBeng Palacios, and Nanako and Miyako Celis in the combined classes, which had riders going around the course six times.

The Peewee race also featured six laps with Jonoah Santos on a roll after downing eight other riders. Santos bagged his third straight win, as he downed Keenon Togawa, Ezekiel Camacho, Harley Susulin, Zane Fujihira, Cassidy Villagomez, Tate and Trey Manglona, and Baby Joe Santos.

In the Mini ATV, Theresa Borja won her one-on-one race against Brookyn Susulin. It was Borja’s second win in the first four legs, as she triumphed in the series opener last month. Susulin, on the other hand, ruled the third leg, while Melvin Reyes took the top podium finish in the second leg.

Meanwhile, MRA’s series of races will continue this weekend with riders to compete in the fifth leg. MRA will make an official announcement later if this Sunday’s event will still be held at CowTown or action will return to the Kan Pacific ground.

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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