ASM Autocross and Motocross championships still undecided
Motocross racing commences at 10.00h, followed by Autocross racing from around 13.00h. A group of Gozo Autocross drivers will perform in a particular section for Gozo drivers. There is much interest in the sport coming from young drivers who live in Gozo.
A look at the Autocross Class A point scale reveals that the race for the championship winner is still open. Anyone, from Christian Galea who has 84 points and Patrick Cassar with 80 points, could be the winner for 2011-2012. It is important that both drivers qualify for the Final A race, play fair and compete against each other. Vehicle endurance may affect the race results. Third place was secured by Manuel Muscat on his Opel Corsa.
The Autocross Class B Champion could have been declared during the last event, when Mario Scicluna was involved in an accident on his yellow/blue Opel Corsa. Presently, Matthew Borg is 5 points ahead of Scicluna but with 9 points for the winner, the final list may result in a drastic points scale change between the two leaders.
The Championship winner of Motocross Class A is also uncertain, though Clayton Camilleri is in the lead, topping the list with 162 points and ahead of current runner-up Carmelo Borg, who has146 points. 25 points are allocated for the winner and 22 points for second place, so anything can happen during the three race heats today. Paul Muscat is in third place with 135 points.
Motocross Class B will also be decided in today’s race. Turu Micallef is currently in the lead with 144 points. Gozitan rider Charles Borg is runner-up with 127 points. The two riders are ahead of the rest by a marginal gap. Today’s races will be the deciding factor and the unexpected may result.
Last Sunday, May 13, another small team of ASM Motocross riders travelled to Noto in southern Sicily to compete against MX2-Over 21 riders from Southern Italy and Sicily. Motocross riders Clayton Camilleri and Paul Muscat on KTM and Josef Attard on a Honda were accompanied by Frans Deguara, President of the ASM, along with a small group of supporters. The Maltese group was welcomed by all FMI officers and local riders during their time in the Sicilian FMI Regional Championship for Motocross with the participation of 122 riders ranging from 9-year cadets to over-40 veteran riders. Unfortunately, Clayton had to retire due to a mechanical failure, but Josef finished fifth and Paul won third in Class MX2-Over 21 with his 250cc KTM.
The next race is scheduled for June 17 in southern Calabria. ASM riders are invited to participate both in the Italian Federation FMI Motocross and Beachcross Championship races in southern Italy. Maltese riders have been winning good class results.
The next Autocross, trials and Motocross practice sessions will be held next Saturday between 10.00h and 16.00h at the ASM Racing Circuits in Ta Qali. Entrance on practice days is free.