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Marianas Racing Association holds motocross exhibition

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FOR the third consecutive week, the Marianas Racing Association hosted exhibition races at Kan Pacific in Marpi as part of its ongoing efforts to revive motocross on island.

Starting at 3 p.m., bikers over 45 years old participated in the first race, which they completed without a hitch. The beginner/novice division race followed at 3:30 p.m. There were a few bumps in the road for some of the racers, but the spectators cheered and encouraged them to get back up and complete the course.

At 4 p.m., the final race of the day started, and it featured the intermediate and expert racers who showcased their skills in a fast-paced event.

A racer in the beginners/novice division takes a leap during an exhibition race at the Kan Pacific race course. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

 

The racers in the beginners and novice division make their way toward a turn at the Kan Pacific race course. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

 

Veteran racers make a tight turn at the Kan Pacific race course. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

"It's nice to see motocross coming back to life,” one of the spectators said. Another said: "This is amazing. I've never seen this sport in real life and it is beautiful!" 

Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the three main islands of the NMI held international races. From 1998 to 2010 on Saipan, the races were held at Cowtown and Kan Pacific and were known as the annual Liberation Day Motocross Challenge.

Now, the race track at Kan Pacific has a fresh course for a new generation of spectators that is discovering why motocross is among the best spectator sports there is.

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