San Andres claims crown in Ceza race

In Photo: Rider of the Year Kenneth San Andres holds his championship during the awards ceremony last Sunday. Flanking him are Jetrick Marquez (second place), Moymoy Flores (third place), Aaron Pacheco (fourth place) and Kobi Sta. Ana (fifth place). Joining them are ( from left) Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) Chief of Staff Mike Gonzales, Eastern Hawaii Director for Operation Ivette Garcia, Ceza Deputy Administrator for Administration and Planning Leonardo Cruz, and Eastern Hawaii Property Manager Aljun Manlapaz.

REIGNING Rider of the Year Kenneth San Andres of Kawasaki-JBS team stamped his dominance in the 2018 Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza)-Eastern Hawaii National Motocross Championships by winning both the premier MX1 and MX2 divisions of the national series at the world-class Ceza track last Sunday in Santa Ana, Cagayan.

San Andres quashed the challenge of Jhetric Marquez, Moymoy Flores and Kobe Sta. Ana in both races of the MX1 of the series held under the auspices of the National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association (Namssa).

The many-time awardee for motocross of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) was in the zone in the MX1, as he controlled the pace from the get go in the first moto and led the rest of the way.

He repeated his dominant ride in the second heat. San Andres continued his dominance in the MX2 as he controlled action from start to finish of the first and second motos, again frustrating Marquez and Flores and eventual fourth-placer Aaron Pacheco.

The Valenzuela native accumulated 50 points in each of the two divisions. Each stage win is worth 50 points, built around two moto races of 25 points each.

His father Junjun San Andres made it a double celebration with his own emphatic triumph in the Veterans Division of the motocross event, backed by the Ceza in partnership with the Eastern Hawaii Leisure Co. Limited.

The motocross extravaganza is one of the many firsts introduced to promote Ceza as an investment hub, a tourism destination and a motorsports venue in Northern Luzon.

​ “The Ceza and Santa Ana, Cagayan, courtesy of Mayor Darwin Tobias, concluded its hosting of the national series with flying colors,” said Namssa president Stephan Macky Carapiet, who was also recently elected as president of the FIM Asia. “I’m sure this will be the first of many.”

The first-ever motocross championship to be staged, Santa Ana lured elite riders from regional affiliates of Namssa, such as Manila, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Laguna, Taytay, Laoag, Vigan, Isabela, Baguio, Montalban, Tuguegarao and national and Asian campaigners.

Secretary Raul Lambino, Ceza administrator and CEO, was elated with the result of the two-day event as it lured fans from the neighboring Cagayan towns and proved that the Ceza is a capable host of a big sporting event of this scale.

Image Credits: Courtesy Joseph Muego

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