Macapaz wins 1st Sen. Bato Nat’l Open Enduro Championships
Nearly 1,500 runners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao gathered in Davao City from April 30 to May 1, 2022, for the 1st Senator Bato Enduro Open National Championships.
Enduro Factory rider Al Aragon has finished the Ironman Bronze category after 12 hours of tough enduro
The event was named after Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who is also a hard-core enduro enthusiast. Two teams represented Luzon led by Pao Toral and Enduro Factory, and another team from Rizal led by Snooky Cruz.
The two-day event put riders to the test with its nearly 120 kilometers of hard enduro terrain, made even more complicated by torrential rain.
Photo by Dave Macapaz
For the coveted Ironman Gold category (individual, unaided), Davao rider Dave Macapaz became the champion, completing the grueling 120 kilometer enduro race (in bad weather) in roughly 4 hours on a 2018 Husqvarna TE 300 enduro bike. . He also won the grand prize of PHP 60,000.
Like the Romanians
One of the Enduro Factory riders, Woo Kyungsun, from South Korea, said that the 1st Senator Bato’s National Open Enduro Championships were one of the toughest he’s ever seen, so tough he says the level of difficulty is already on par with the RedBull Romaniacs – an annual tough enduro event that attracts thousands of riders from all over the world and is considered one of the toughest on the World Enduro Super Series (WESS) calendar. Graham Jarvis and Manuel Lettenbichler all became legends after becoming Romanian champions.
The Sen. Bato National Open Enduro Championships was organized by X-Treme Enduro Davao and led by Race Director Walton Gonzales, who and his team achieved the impossible with just over a month of preparation.
Photo by Al Aragon
“We organized this national race with the main objective of providing an event that would raise the bar for competition, camaraderie, fun and prizes. We designed a track worthy of a national-level race and a place with activities where riders and spectators could enjoy good food, drinks, buy motorcycles and gears and other events. All this in a preparation time limited to just over a month,” the organizing team said via their official social media page.
The National Open Enduro Championships Sen. Bato will be back next year, bigger and more extreme!
Congratulations to the participants and the organizers!