News Wheel2Wheel February 13, 2023 By John Mendoza Racetrack Photos by Norbert Zuiqop
Army Navy and Club 200 Concludes Successful 200/50 Endurance Race Event in Clark Pampanga
Club 200, the country’s 1st sports bike club, and Army Navy completed their endurance racing event last February 11, 2023, at the Clark International Speedway. The 50-lap endurance race was participated in by 52 non-active racer motorcyclists divided into groups of 3, making 17 teams in total.
There were two categories, Adventure and Sport. Under the adventure category are 3 sub-categories: Adventure 21, Adventure 19, and Adventure 17 each corresponding to the front wheel size of the bikes. Under Sport are 2 sub-categories: Naked, and Superbike. 5 titles were up for grabs as the teams scrambled for their bikes in 2 separate LeMans style starts for each category. (LeMans Style Start is an old way of starting a race wherein the bikes are parked a few meters away from the riders for them to run to and get going once the start flag is dropped.)
It was a day of fun, camaraderie, and amazement as motorcyclists of all kinds gathered to witness the spectacle of endurance racing. Big-named brands Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, KTM, Triumph, and Harley Davidson displayed their latest and greatest motorcycles for everyone to salivate over and gawk at. Motorcycle dealership giant Wheeltek Motor Sales Corporation was in full support of their participating customers and brands they carry.
The final race results are as follows
Adventure 21 Class
- Team Desert X – Best time: 2:20.338 -Riders: Jade Tan, Joey Almeda, Ryan Benton
- KTM Philippines Team 2
- KTM Philippines Team 1
Adventure 21 podium finishers.
Adventure 19 Class
- Team Underdogs – Best time: 2:16.186 – Riders: Christopher Guzman, Paolo Aguilar, and Alvin Almendras
- Triumph Adventure Team
- BMW BOSS Team A
Adventure 17 Class
- Team KARAT – Best time: 2:06.922 – Riders: Jan Timbol, Gico Tobias, and Jomel Policarpio
- Rosario Bikes Racing Team
- Team Gucci Gang – Best time: 2:00.233 – Riders: Jan Timbol, Christopher Guzman, and Justin Guce
- Kawasaki IGM Racing Team
- Wheeltek QTS Racing Team
Naked Sports Class
- Team Ducati Hyper Boys – Best time: 2:02.078 – Riders: Jade Tan, Clyde Relativo, and Jomel Policarpio
- Team GP Boys
- Rosario Bikes Racing Team
It was amazing to see ordinary riders safely showing off their skills on the race track displaying great ability and sportsmanship. Organizing an event like this is no small undertaking. We really have to give props to our own test ride editor Miguel Bichara and the rest of the amazing Club 200 for doing it safely and properly. From the registration, promotion, and scrutineering of the bikes, riders, and gear, to the implementation of the rules and marshalls, Club 200 did an astounding job! The Army Navy Club 200 200/50 Endurance Race should definitely be an annual event for motorcyclists to experience!
Winners in the very first Army Navy Club 200 200/50 Endurance Race received cash prizes of PHP 60,000 for 1st place, PHP 30,000 for 2nd, and PHP 15,000 for 3rd along with the corresponding trophies for each sub-category. An all-expense paid European Adventure Motorcycle tour was also awarded to the winning team of the Adventure 21 class by Clutch Tours. Race track mogul Mr. Johnny Tan graced the event by presenting some of the awards to the winners. Mr. Tan spoke about his support for the event enticing Club 200 and Army Navy to make it a yearly occasion and to make it even grander in the years to come.
It was truly an exhilarating experience to have witnessed such an event and we can only hope for more participants and attendees in the following years. Events like these promote racing in the proper venues and out of the streets making it safer for everyone on public roads. Congratulations Club 200, Army Navy, winners, and participants of the first-ever Army Navy Club 200 200/50 Endurance Race. Cheers!