One rider dies during practice in Araw ng Dabaw motocross

Subscribe Now March 18, 2013 at 01:11pm

A young motocross rider died after a bad fall during practice on the last day of the Araw ng Dabaw Motocross Challenge on Sunday at the Crocodile Park Complex in Ma-a, this city. Renato “Atong” Mangosong, 18, died due to internal hemorrage at the Davao Doctor’s Hospital at past 12 noon.

According to race officials, he was just still practicing at the race track in the early morning at around 8 a.m. He was already asked to stop but still insisted for one more lap.

Mangosong of South Oil team tried to make the triple jump but failed to land safely as his brand new Kawasaki KXF 250 hit the third hump. Mangosong, who was not wearing a chest protection, suffered a bad fall with his motorcycle thrown several meters away.

He was immediately rushed to the hospital upon the advise of a doctor, who was at the race track.

“Nakapagsalita pa si Atong at gusto pa nga nya huwag siyang dalhin sa ospital,” said organizer Bok Mata of Moto-X Davao.

Mangosong, whose elder brother Bornok was racing in another race in Iligan on that same day was scheduled to fly to Davao as of press time.

His father Ruel Matias Mangosong said that the remains of his son will be brought to their hometown in Pangasinan after two nights at St. Peter’s funeral parlor in Panacan.

“We’re truly saddened by this unfortunate incident. We are willing to give any assistance to the family,” said Mata, who decided to shorten the race and awarding and cancelled also the usual victory party.

Some of the riders had also decided not to continue to sympathize the untimely death of their fellow rider.It was the first time that a rider was killed at the Moto-X race track in Ma-a.

In the 1990s, veteran Beng-Beng Salinas of Davao City also died during the race when he was hit by another motorcycle on the face while trying to stand up after a spill in General Santos City.

In 2011, Myco Boncho was also killed during a race held in Manila.

“Talagang kasama itong disgrasya sa laro namin. Ingat na lang talaga sa mga kapwa kong riders,” said Donark Yuzon of Team Phoenix, who ruled both the Pro and Expert categories on Saturday in the two-day race at the Crocodile Park.

It was the first leg of the Phoenix Mindanao Moto-X Series.

Yuzon, 30, a native of Iloilo, will also see action in second leg set on May 5 in Butuan City. (PNA)


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