Guam hosts first ever FIM
by Marianas Variety
This years Shell V-Power F.I.M. Asian
Supercross Championships were loaded with high
flying motorcycle and atv racing action, which
arguably drew the most fans to the Guam Raceway
Park since opening in 2001.
The day was full of events that included Auto Drifting (put on by Vertical Productions), a TRIX71 Motorcycle exhibition, ATV racing, mini-bike racing, Guam Cup races, local music and of course the main event ASX 85cc and 125cc races for the overall F.I.M. ASX championship.
In the 125cc ASX class, it was Australia’s 17 year old Matt Ryan, racing on a Yamaha, who edged out Thailand’s own Turbo Theplib, who was racing a Honda, to get the overall win in the class. He did it by taking to a course that was covered in mud after heavy rains between heat one. But mud is something he was familiar with he told Variety.
“I was happy to run in the mud,” Ryan explained. “I think it was an advantage for me. When I was younger I raced in the mud a lot. Though, there has been a drought going on in Australia for a while now, so it’s been a bit since I raced in the mud.”
Apparently those days weren’t so far away because he had no major problems as he went on to win the second heat, giving him the overall win. Not bad considering he didn’t know he was going to be here until less than a week before the race.
“I didn’t have much time to prepare because I wasn’t even supposed to be in this race. Ford Dale was supposed to race but he broke his wrist,” he said. “Even though I didn’t know what kind of competition I was up against, I still felt I had a good chance to win.”
It was his first time coming to Guam and having won the race was extremely gratifying he explained.
“I’m really happy to have won. It’s good to win the money and to have raced in Guam for the first time. I would like to thank Yamaha for sponsoring me, Fox clothing and all the great locals of Guam who came out to the event and of course the ones who organized it.”
Ryan added that he would love to come back to Guam to race if the opportunity presented itself.
Thailand’s Theplib took second overall with New Zealand’s James Robinson racing on a KTM taking third overall. Guam’s own Shane Morrison took a solid fourth place in the event.
In the 85cc ASX class, Guam’s own Errol Angoco had taken an easy first heat win over Thailands Arunkrung PinPon, but during the second heat, which was rain soaked, he struggled against the fast Thailand rider. He went on to finish second, taking second place overall with Arunkrung PinPon taking the overall win.
F.I.M Asia Motocross president Macky Carapiet is responsible for bringing the event to Guam. With help from the Guam Visitors Bureau along with the many sponsors of the race he got it done.
“I have a long relationship in Guam. Way back in 1970 we started exchanging non-F.I.M events which ultimately led to guam being an F.I.M. member and once your a member, which Guam became around five years ago, you can host events,” he explained.
“The event turned out great. The most important factor to that is the 100 percent safety record and also Guam showing