BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
About 50 famous international motorcycle riders from eight countries – Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Iceland, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Thailand – attended the “Total International Motocross Championship 2009” on March 7 at the Prek Leap racetrack on the National Road Number 6A on the outskirt of Phnom Penh.
The “Total International Motocross Championship 2009” competition was co-organized by the Total Cambodge and the Comin Khmer Companies and jointly sponsored by Cell-card, Ford, ANZ Royal Bank, Oxygenizer and the Plazza Company, according to Yim Vibol, Marketing and Communication Manager of the Total Cambodge in Cambodia.
“This is the fourth time the international motocross competition has taken place in Cambodia, and the main objective of the race is to promote motocross riding in Cambodia,” he said.
Vibol said that another objective of the competition is to advertise about Total’s brand of oils, fuels and lubricants. Total is the world’s fourth largest oil and gasoline company and premier provider of high quality, advanced fuels and lubricants.
There are a total of 50 motorcycle riders, including 10 professional riders and 40 local riders attending the competition. The competition will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Preak Leap racetrack. Entry is free for all Cambodians and foreign nationals.
Vibol said that the competition was divided into four categories: Motocross Experts, Motocross Novice, Trail Bikes Experts and Trail Bikes Novice. He said the riders will test one another’s skills in these four categories.
All riders who won the first class of championship received a trophy along with other value prizes, said Vibol. Those who place second through fifth place will receive a medal. The medals and prizes will be provided by Total and other sponsors.
Last year, a rider from New Zealand won first place in the championship, a French rider won second place and an Indonesian rider won third place, according to Vibol.
Seang Makara, 26, a Cambodian motocross rider, said he looked forward to attending the competitions this year.
“This is the first time for me to attend the Motocross Championship. I hope that with my hard training and preparation, I will win a medal in this competition,” he said before the competition.
Heng Vuthy, 28, another motocross rider, said that he won a medal in the competition last year after many years of training. He has participated in the competition four times so far. .
“This is the fourth time I have participated in the competition. Thus, I will try all my best to win a medal like last year. I won a medal for Trail Bikes Experts, and this year, I strongly believe that with my previous experience, I will win one more medal,” he said.
Vibol said Total has been heavily involved in world-class motor sports for almost four decades. He said some of its successes include the 2005 World Rally Championship with in the Citroen team, the 2005 Formula 1 Championship with the Renaut team and various motorbike grand prix wins with the Kawasaki team.