Guam - This past Sunday to help promote awareness, and safety Team Cycles Plus held a 2 hour endurance race event in East Hagatna Bay for all sizes of recreational and sport watercrafts. Dubbed the Jet Ski Challenge which was open to all personal watercrafts began the day under a canopy for some informative and much appreciated instruction presented by representatives from agencies that enforce the laws of the parks and beaches, waterways, and related surrounding areas of East Hagatna Bay.
After the informative meeting, participants proceeded to put in a few practice laps to orientate themselves to the extended race course. Meanwhile race officials moved into position in preparation of the start of the race.
Teams were allowed one watercraft but up to three riders each taking their turn at speeding around the course.
At the start the #22 Kawasaki 300x piloted by Carlos Herrera blasted off the line leaving the rest of the competition to deal with his wake. Herrera was able to pull a lead over the hard charging team of Shawn Aguilo, Caleb Barretto and Matt Cruz each taking his turn aboard the #5 Kawasaki 300x. For the first three very long laps the #22 watercraft was dominate but just when Herrera seemed to be settling into a comfortable pace he hit a small wave while executing a turn and mistakenly pulled out his emergency stop engine lanyard causing his engine to stall out. Herrera quickly stuck the lanyard back in but by the time he had restarted the damage had been done. The #5 had inherited the lead and was followed by the #7 AC Delco Yamaha sho Supercharged of Alex Delmundo, Danny Aguilo, and Josh Foss in second. Also benefiting from Herrera’s misfortune was the team of Marc Jocson, Vince Nueva, and Feliciana Tainatongo on the #2 Kawasaki 250x. In fourth and clawing they’re way back quickly was the #22 team of Herrera and partner.
As the time left on the race clock ticked down the #5 team of Shawn Aguilo, Matt Cruz and Caleb Barretto had moved an entire lap ahead of second place. At the checkers after a few thrills and cart wheeling spills by a few of the competitors the #5 Kawasaki 300x of Aguilo, Cruz and Barretto took the win with 39 laps. Second went to the team of Delmundo, Aguilo, and Foss aboard the Supercharged Yamaha completing 38 laps. Third was taken by the #2 of Jocson, Tainatongo, and Nueva having completed 33 laps. Herrera and team after dominating early took home fourth with 32 laps completed.
Special thanks to Dept of Parks & Rec, Dept of Public Works, GPD Harbor Marine Patrol Division,
K38 Rescue , Guam Fire Search & Rescue, GIRMAC, Cycles Plus, the U.S Coast Guard.
And the Tamuning Mayors Office. Another event is in the works and is scheduled for mid March. All those interested are encouraged to contact or stop by Cycles Plus for more information.