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Ace rider Mangosong tops MMF Supercross on borrowed bike

James Teves falls down as he battle for position against two other riders in the Amateur Open production won by Michael Tschop. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Even on a borrowed bike, Davao City-pride Bornok Mangosong proved unbeatable as he captured the centerpiece pro open class in the recent MMF Supercross 7 at the MX Messiah Fairgrounds in Club Manila East, Taytay Rizal.

Mangosong needed to borrow the Yz250fx (Yamaha) bike of Pastor and race organizer Sam Tamayo before the race as his much powerful Yz450f 2016 Yamaha bike suffered a problem but this did not prevent him from besting his rivals before a huge, wildly-cheering crowd.

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Ompong Gabriel and Ralph Ramento, two of the sport’s young turks, settles for second and third spot this seven-leg series organized by MMF and supported by Shell Advance Motorcycle Oil, Yamaha Motor Philippines, Fox Racing Philippines, Coffee Grounds, Dunlop Tires, and Richbian Taxi.

‘‘I kept my focus and calm,’’ said Mangosong, last year’s overall winner. ‘‘I would like to thank Pastor Sam for lending me his bike. I also would like to congratulate him for hugely-successful event,’’ added Mangosong, who will try to make it back-to-back on March 3.

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Nueva Ecija’s Pia Gabriel reasserted her supremacy in the distaff side as he captured the
top spot, followed by an equally determined Jasmin Jao, whose ageless father Jolet reigned supreme in the veterans class.

Jao also saw action and placed fifth in the pro open against riders young enough to be his sons. Jing Leongson finished second to Jao.

Mia Villalon salvaged third spot in the ladies class, while Shana Tamayo copped first spot in the girls class ( 12 years and below).

Others winners were Joseph Penaso (Open Local Two Stroke Enduro),John Kenneth Saligao (Amateur Production), Roman Llorente (Executive Production) and Michael Tschop (Amateur Open Production).

Abdul Heiz Sandani topped the Beginners Open Production and Power Enduro, while Lad Bucag emerged triumphant in the Open Underbone and Local enduro 4-stroke.

Young riders also shared the spotlight as Lleyton Fellizar (85cc), Carl Celestino (65cc 11 and below), Xy Maximo (50cc 9 and below), Joshua Tamayo (50cc 7 and below) and Dylan Fabian (Yamaha PW50 5 and below) all went home with their champion trophies.

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