Organized jointly by the Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB), Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and the China - Macau Autosports Club (ACMC), the FIM-UAM Asian Motocross Championships, Macau will be held on June 25 and 26 in Macau.
Acting President of MSDB Alex Vong, Director of MGTO João Costa Antunes, President of the General Assembly of ACMC Lo Keng Chio, President of ACMC Chong Coc Veng and President of FIM-UAM Asian Motocross & Enduro Commission Stephan Carapiet were presented at the press conference today (June 2) to brief the media about the race arrangement.
The FIM-UAM Asian Motocross Championships is organized by the world motorcycle sport governing body, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the Asian Motorcycling Union (UAM), with the Macau round organized by the MSDB, MGTO and the ACMC. Established in 1998, the UAM is the governing body for all motorcycle events held in Asia and is comprised of 18 member countries including Macau.
To be held on June 25 and 26 at the track adjacent to Pousada Infante Hotel on COTAI (area between Taipa and Coloane), the event will be the 3rd round of the FIM-UAM Asian Motocross Championships for 2005. The event will be televised globally on Star TV and ESPN to a projected audience of 490 million households, putting Macau in the international spotlight. Macau Satellite TV will also transmit a 10-minute highlight of the races daily through satellite, facilitating more instant and convenient coverage by the international media. The satellite covers more than 30 countries and regions in the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS), Asia Pacific region and Pan Asia Pacific region. Famous actor Richie Jen, who is also motorcycle sports' fan, will be present at the event and will try out a demonstration round on bike.
The races of FIM-UAM Asian Motocross Championships, Macau this year include the 125cc Asian Motocross Championships, along with the 85cc Asian Junior Motocross Championships, 65cc Junior International Class and the Macau Cup Open. Over 60 participating riders from Australia, the Mainland China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Saipan, the Philippines and Thailand will compete in the 3rd round of the Championships in Macau.
The 2003 FIM-UAM Asian Motocross champion, Philippines' Glenn Aguilar will join the series this year. This year's series leader Australian rider Christian Horwood is replaced by Ford Dale due to injuries suffered during the Australian Motocross Championships. Japanese rider Tadakazu, champion of 2004 Asian Motocross Championships 125cc class will also participate in the Macau round. Glen Aguilar and James Robinson of New Zealand are now at the leading positions after the two rounds held in Guam and the Philippines early this year.
Macau is the only round in Asia which hosts the 85cc Asian Junior Motocross Championships (age 12 to 15) and 65cc Junior International Class (12 years old and under). These international events provide opportunities for the upcoming young stars of motocross in Asia to gain valuable experience.
The organizers will set up a press area to facilitate the coverage of media in a safe and orderly manner. The registered media should wear the bib provided by the organizers for identification.
While admission is free, entry will be restricted to holders of admission coupons which are available at the main office of the Macau Sport Development Board (Macau Forum, Block 1, 4th floor, Av. Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues), the China-Macau Autosports Club (Edf. Grande Prémio de Macau, Av. da Amizade) and 4 tourism information counters of MGTO at Senado Square, Macau International Airport, Macau Ferry Terminal and Border Gate Checkpoint. Limited amount of tickets will also be available on site on race days.