If that’s wasn’t epic, then we don’t know what is.
It’s a wrap for the electrifying and challenging run of the Spyder Wheeltek Motorally 2015 powered by Petron. Almost half of the riders crossed the finish line, which was more than any previous Motorally event. The event also gathered a wide array of riders from all over, anywhere from the humblest 125cc displacements like the Honda XRMs to the heavy hitters like the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and the BMW GS 1200 Rs.
This year, Spyder Philippines is the organizer of the most awaited event since its conceptualization, Spyder, known for its quality and stylish eyewears, motorcycle and cycling helmets and a proponent of the sporty and active lifestyle, has set the Motorally to challenge the riders and their machines to go the distance and recognize those who will show superb riding performance and stamina.
It was an epic ride indeed, which warranted stories of riders who braved the 1600 kilometers of adventure and camaraderie. “I am a proud participant” says a participant, who along with many others accepted the challenge but weren’t able to finish the run but still proud to be part of the prestige of being a Motorally rider. A show of exemplary technical riding skills were displayed by Mr. Amarjit Sanghera, Mr. Ramon Castillo, Mr. Toto Villanueva and Mr. Juanito Sipin finishing ahead of their colleagues, along with other 12 participants who finished the run within a 24-hour timeframe. The finishers, all 60 of them, were awarded a trophy Spyder helmet which bear the event logo and the finisher status. Here are some of the data of the event:
Two elite finishers of note are Mr. Cloyde Pilapil and Mr. Svenson Galutera, who despite having a sub-400 bikes, didn’t bar them from finishing the event within 24 hours, using a Yamaha Sniper 135 and Kawasaki Ninja 250 respectively.
Here are some of the data of the event:
Number of Participants at Start -133
Number of Big Bikes (390cc & above displacement) – 61
Number of Sub4 bikes (below 390cc displacement) – 72
Number of participants who arrived at the Finish – 79
Number of Finishers (completed over 24hrs but within cutoff time) – 60
Number of Elite Finishers (completed under 24hrs) – 16
Big Bike Elite Finishers -14
Sub4 Elite Finishers – 2
Of the 133 participants flagged off:
60% crossed the finish arc
46% used above 400cc bikes
54% used sub 400cc bikes
12% elite finishers
1% sub 400cc finishers
1. Amarjit Sanghera – Ducati Multistrada 1200 – 19h 38m
2. (tie) Toto Villanueva – BMW GS 1200 – 20h 42m
2. (tie) Ramon Castillo – Suzuki V-Strom 1000 – 20h 42m
3. Juanito Sipin – Kawasaki Ninja 650 – 22h 34m
4. Francisco Rivera – MW GS R 1200 – 22h 46m
5. Nestor Bautista – BMW GS R 1200 – 22h 46m
6. Cloyde Pilapil – Yamaha Sniper 135 – 23h 32m
7. Alvin Dee – BMW GS R 1200 – 23h 38m
8. Edmond Navvaro – KTM Duke 390 – 23h 50m
9. McArthur Esguerra – Kawasaki Ninja 650 – 23h 51m
10. Jade Lazaro – KTM Duke 390 – 23h 54m
11. Darwin Macaraeg – KTM Duke 390 – 23h 54m
12. Glenn Bellido – Ducati Hyperstrada – 23h 56m
13. Nino Marcelo – Kawasaki Versys 650 – 23h 56m
14. Reggie Tandoy – KTM Duke 390 – 23h 59m
15. Svenson Galutera – Kawasaki Ninja 250 – 23h 59m
Many first timers have lauded the event as the best motorcycle endurance event yet. Not only did the Motorally create friendships, it also strengthened the bond of those who already are. “I thank the new friends I met” says Jay Maguigad, host and participant of the challenge, who despite also not finishing the whole nine yards, is glad to have participated.
The Spyder Motorally 2015 would not have been as successful as it was without our partners Wheeltek, the most trusted nationwide distributor of quality motorcycles for both big bikes and sub4’s, and Petron, the most trusted brand when it comes to oils and fuels. Wheeltek, as our checkpoint partner, handled all the checkpoints that catered to all the needs of the participants from handling documents, to providing refreshments, and a temporary abode to rest. They deployed marshals all throughout the route so that the participants will not get lost. Petron, our fuel partner supplied the riders with fuel cards which was a big help in finishing the very long ride. Spyder meanwhile handled the overall organization of the event. It was indeed a true three-way partnership of the industry’s leading brands, Spyder, Wheeltek and Petron, to ensure we give the best riding experience any motorcyclist could have.
We send our gratitude to our beloved sponsors, Suzuki Philippines, Inc., Kawasaki Motors Philippines, Inc., Overdose Motoproducts, CycleSeal Tire Sealant, JM Mirasol Advertising, YKL Color, RugGear, Jariel’s Peak, Touratech, Ahavia Spa and Lounge, Davidson Hotel Tabuk, Royal Enfield and our venue partner Starmall Prima Taguig.
We praise and commend the tireless efforts and support of the Philippine National Police especially Director General Juanito Vaño, Jr. for the superb assistance of our heroes throughout the route. Heartfelt gratitude goes to all the checkpoint marshals and the MC clubs who have been nothing but helpful and gained the praises of our riders.
Wheeltek: Mr. Roscoe Odullo
Mr. Bobby Orbe
Ms. Anna Maniquiz
Petron: Mr. Mico Ermita
Mr. Khino Calderon
PNP: Gen. Juanito Vano
Start, Finish & Checkpoint 9 Marshals: C.O.D.E. R.
Groups or clubs who helped
Xplorer Riders Club Baguio
Adventure Team Philippines, Inc.
Motorcycle Club of La Union
The City of Tabuk
BMW Owners of Saferiders Society
Christian Motorcycle Association
MAPI and UHAW
Region 2 Riders Federation
Individuals who helped:
Mr. Ariel Evangelista – Jariel’s Peak
Mr. Bernard de San Jose – BOSS
Mr. Erren Khe – Davidson Adventours
Mr. Francis Rivera – ATPI, Motorally founder
Mr. Jingo Sy – ATPI Isabela
Mr. Joey RIvero – Kawasaki Racer
Mr. Jotle Viray –
Gen. Juanito Vaño, Jr. – PNP
Mr. Jun Sore – ATPI
Mr. Petchoy Morales – BOSS
Mr. Ramon “Butchoy” Castillo
We send our sincerest appreciation to our media partners Inside Racing Magazine, Torque Magazine, MotorcyclePhilippines.com, C! Magazine, Motorcycle World Magazine, Motorcycle Magazine, Motorsiklo News Magazine, UNTV, Stoplight.TV, CNN Philippines, Motorsiklo Xklusibo, Happy Racing, The Philippine Star, Pang-Masa and Emotorismo. We salute Mel and Jay and their hilarious ways of emceeing.
Lastly, we give cheers to all the unsung heroes who in their own ways helped get this epic event get through.
Riders are now looking forward to the Motorally 2016 which is guaranteed to be more exciting than ever. It is not going to be easy. It is not for the wimpy. And it will surely be once again – EPIC.
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