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PARTICIPANTS in the Monster Energy Off-Road Monsoon Race Series made their way to the Guam International Raceway in Yigo for some intense and heated action.
With all the recent downpour of rain, conditions on the course became significantly challenging and soggy at that. However, competitors were ready to conquer all the elements Mother Nature brought to the show.
In the first of two heats, reigning Guam motocross champion JR Cepeda raced out to an early lead. However, Jacob Einloth remained a close second from the get-go. The real battle since the start was for third place as Marshal Vawter Jr. put effort into working his way around William Dunn. Things seemed to be going pretty quick and smooth, most especially for the four front runners.
All the intensity came to a sudden halt in the middle of the course as a large stray dog joined in on the race, becoming a safety hazard for the participants. After the unwanted participant was coaxed off the course, a restart saw JR Cepeda once more grab the lead which he kept all the way to the heat one finish. Einloth took second with Vawter having a better jump off the restart to take third. Dunn placed fourth.
In the second heat of the day, Cepeda wanted to come out and take an early lead. However, within a few laps, Einloth pulled up to Cepeda’s side making things pretty interesting. Both riders battled back and forth for several laps before a move was made. Einloth made a huge pass and stuck it. The move to surpass Cepeda proved golden as Einloth managed to get the checkered flag and was awarded the heat two top finish. Cepeda claimed second overall, while Vawter took third.
Consistent finishes in the past weeks made room and allowed Vawter to take the top spot on the leader board with 80 points. Finishing in second place was Dunn who sits as the runner-up with 72 points. Rounding out the top three spots is Tim Wenden who tallied a series point total of 50.
Kids Mini ATV
In the Kids Mini ATV class, the young Jordan Leon Guerrero aboard his DRX took a win in heat one and then a third in heat two for a first place overall for the round. Jordan also leads the current class series standings. Taking second place was Victoria Clark aboard a Rocky Mountain Precast-supported Apex. Third place went to Jesse Leon Guerrero aboard his DRX.
In the Open ATV class with mud flying, a pair of first-time racers went at it with Yamaha-mounted Ray Aromin taking first and James Gumabon also aboard a Yamaha placing second.
Round three of the Monster Energy Off-Road Monsoon Race Series will continue with some action on Oct. 21. The event will see the big Open ATV and motorcycle classes racing a loop for 45 minutes. The loop will consist of rugged back country single track jungle trails along with portions of both the Shell V-Power Smokin' Wheels course and the high-flying motocross course. Gates open at 9 a.m. at the Guam International Raceway with racing scheduled to start at 1 p.m.