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The Guam International Raceway was busy this past weekend as riders of all ages in several divisions took their talents to the racetracks.
Looking to improve their standings in the Monster Energy Off-Road Monsoon Series, competitors in both motorcycles and ATVs brought nothing but their best and laid everything out on the course. The course for the big-bore classes was a rough 45-minute heat for double points. Being touted as an extreme off-road lap for both the Open Motorcycle and ATV classes, racers found themselves navigating through a variety of terrain.
In the Open Motorcycle division, JR Cepeda came storming out from the start and took an early lead that he never relinquished throughout the entire first lap.
However, the always competitive Caleb Barreto took advantage of an error that Cepeda committed to take over the lead in the ensuing lap. The battle between the duo was classic as Cepeda managed to retake the lead heading into the third lap.
With Cepeda pulling away from Barretto who sat in second, Gary Camacho along with current points leader Marshal Vawter Jr. battled one another for third. With three-quarters of the race through, Camacho ran into some trouble as he lost control of his bike after landing from a big jump on the motocross portion of the course sending him crashing hard onto the ground. Camacho’s crash allowed Vawter to overtake the third place position.
Later in the race, with the checkered flag being waved, Cepeda claimed stake to first place, while Vawter picked up second. Barreto, William Dunn, and Jacob Einloth captured third through fifth respectively.
Open ATV action
In the Open ATV division, Pete Castro tore out to the lead with Ray Aromin in second and Robert Bucek in third.
The trio up front made easy work of both the motocross and Shell V-Power Smokin Wheels courses then proceeded to blaze through the jungle section and onto the obstacle course where each of the riders did their best to negotiate each of the challenges. By lap three, Bucek had taken his Cycles Plus Suzuki to the lead with Castro maintaining second and Aromin holding on to third.
By lap four, things started to settle for some and unravel for others. Bucek who was leading, was once more racing on a rear flat tire and doing his best to keep up the pace to maintain his lead. Recognizing the golden opportunity, Castro began to zero in on closing the gap on Bucek. However, Castro ran into trouble of his own as his motor flooded out.
While trying to get his ATV working, Aromin capitalized on the situation and passed Castro to take control of second. At the end, it was Bucek taking the win, Aromin second, and Castro who was able to re-fire his machine taking third.
Monster Energy Off-Road Monsoon Race Series resumes action on Sunday Nov. 4. The event will see each respective class compete in two motocross heats. Gates open at 9 a.m. at the Guam International Raceway with racing scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with a full day of off-road racing.