THE third leg of the 2016 Philippine Motorcycle Time Attack (Motack) race gets underway this Sunday with 50 riders slugging it out for top honors at the Cafe Racer grounds at the North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City.

The race features five categories—the scooter, sub-200, KTM, above-200cc and 600-abovecc. Race founder Bryan Mallari said that the Philippine Motack, which has five legs, is in preparation for the Asian Invitational Motack on Oct. 21 to 23 in Cebu.

“For the Asian Invitational Motack, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have already confirmed their entries. We are still waiting for the confirmation of Japan and Thailand,” he said. “The top riders in the PH Motack will represent the country in the invitational. Team PH will have 20 riders.”

Race director Neil Labrador said that the Motack race course changes every leg to challenge the participating riders. The course layout will only be given to the riders on race day.

“The course in the first leg was for beginners, the second leg was for intermediate and the third leg will be for the experts,” added Mallari, who designed the track.

One of the organizers Ryan Tan Yu said that the core value of Motack is to improve the riding skills of motorcycle users, which they can use both in the race track and on the road.

“This is not a hardcore race. It’s more of a fun activity which aims to improve and develop the skills of the motorcycle riders. We encourage people to engage with us,” he said.

During the press conference, the organizers signed a memorandum of agreement with their new sponsor, the Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.

“We will be supporting the event of Motack and we are aiming to make it bigger,” said Princess Sultan of Phoenix Petroleum.

Back-to-back winner Sylvester Ramirez said that he’s ready for the third leg and is hoping for another win.

“I’m always practicing to correct my mistakes in the previous legs and get a better time. I’m also looking forward to the Asian Invitational Motack, and hopefully compete with the riders from Japan,” he said.

The organizers also announced that they will open a media category for the media practitioners who are motor enthusiasts.

Registration fee is P350. Interested parties can register onsite.