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On Saturday 4 June 2016 Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi successfully organized the first night event of this season with the participation of the Autocross cars and Motocross Motorcycles. During this evening the ASMK organized the eleventh program of the ASMK Pasta Poiatti 2015/2016 National Championships which also brought to an end the National Motocross Championship.

Meanwhile a slight look on the day where 40 competitors registered for this Night event. The program started with the Motocross Motorcycles late in the afternoon where in Class A we saw Mario Cauchi on a Honda motorcycle competing and dominating this class in both Heats. During the racing Heats Cauchi was always followed by David Dimech on a Kawasaki motorcycle. It was noted the loss of participation of Camilleri brothers in this final competition. Nevertheless Clayton Camilleri on KTM was declared National Motocross Championship Champion for 2015/2016. He registered his ten times Championship win on a KTM and ahead of his brother Kyle Camilleri. For the next season we will be seeing for the first time ever the Camilleri brothers running numbered 1 and 2 for Clayton and Kyle respectively.

In Class B we saw an interesting battle for the lead between Jethro Sant and Gozo rider Robert Spiteri both on Yamaha motorcycles. Although during the two Heats Sant always managed to beat Spiteri in the start yet the latter always made his very best and ended the race ahead of Sant. Spiteri won the highest score and finished the day ahead of Sant and Paul Deguara on a Honda. Fourth place was won by Peter Lee Sammut on a KTM.

In the Open Class for Motocross Mario Cauchi on his Honda registered a third consecutive win of this season in this category. Cauchi was followed by David Dimech on a Kawasaki while third place finisher was Robert Spiteri on a Yamaha.

Later on and at about 8: 00pm the Autocross Modified class began their racing under artificial lighting and with their rear lights switched on for safety reasons. Here we saw Borg Malcolm and Gordon Johnson both on Opel Corsa cars dominate the Heats of the day and earning the highest qualifying score points to secure their place in the final A category. Other qualified drivers were Andrew Pisani and Josef Abela both on Opel Nova cars, Karl Micallef on a Ford Fiesta and Jean Paul Grech on a Peugeot 106. Right from the Start of this final we saw Micallef and Johnson offset the rest right to the first corner but it was Johnson who took the lead followed close by Micallef. Soon the focus has gone on Grech who was in third place and followed very close by Abela and Pisani. Those of the latter placing have been putting pressure on Grech but he defended his placing until the end. This race was exciting right through the Nine Laps. This race final ended with Johnson winning his third race. He was followed by Micallef and Grech. Fourth and Fifth places were awarded to Abela and Pisani.

The Modified Final Class B drivers were Joseph Micallef and Jonathan Camilleri both on an Opel Corsa, the Ford Fiesta of Ryan Scicluna, Matthew Borg on a Fiat Ritmo, Josef Grech on a Ford Fiesta and Keith Borg on a Vauxhall Nova. At the Start we saw Borg taking the lead first and just before the first corner. He was followed by Grech and Camilleri but Camilleri soon after the first lap started falling back because of some technical malfunction which resulted in the rest of the competitors each advancing one position ahead. There were no overtaking during the rest of the race laps and the race finished with Borg taking the Finish Flag first and followed by Grech and Micallef. Scicluna and Borg finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.

In the Autocross Standard Category we have seen a continuous fight between 12 competitors. It seems that as more time is passing on this class the more this class grows stronger race after race. Ian Fenech on a Citroen AX was protagonist during the Heats of the day where he won all the three Race Heats and secured his place in the Race Final for this category. Together with Fenech there were also Melvin Buttigieg on a Citroen AX, Johann Vella on Opel Nova, Traydon Bailey on Ford Ka and Karl Scicluna on a Peugeot 106. With the Start signal of this race final we saw Scicluna and Bailey to take the lead at the front. They were followed by Gozo driver Vella on his Nova. Yet the attention was drawn on the last two drivers who were Fenech and Buttigieg who were adding pressure on their respective opponents ahead. Buttigieg managed to pass Vella who was also under pressure from Fenech. Later Fenech made an un-sporty move on Vella for which he was Warned by the day’s Referee which cost him a loss of championship points. Though Vella continued racing for a while from the point of the accident he soon decided to retire from the race and drove slowly to the paddock. Fenech went on with his race but before the end of the race he managed to beat Buttigieg and Bailey. In the mean time Scicluna reached the Finish Flag securing his race win ahead of Fenech and Bailey. Fourth place was awarded to Buttigieg and Vella who finished in fifth place.

Meanwhile, the Association is currently preparing for the twelfth and last National Autocross Championship event by ASMK and Pasta Poiatti for 2015/2016. This event will again be held under Artificial Lights on Saturday evening 18th June 2016. For more information one can visit the website of the Association www.asmk.org.mt or the social site Facebook called ASMK Malta or email info@asmk.org.mt.

Photo by Mario Micallef

CAMILLERI b’KTM ASMK CAMPJIN FIL-MOTOCROSS GHAL 10 DARBA

Nhar is-Sibt 4 ta’ Gunju 2016 l-Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi organizzat b’success l-ewwel attivita bil-lejl fejn fija hadu sehem il-Karozzi Autocross u l-Muturi Motocross. Matul din il-lejla l-ASMK organizzat il-hdax il-programm mill-Kampjonati Nazzjonali ASMK Pasta Poiatti 2015/2016 fejn ukoll gie fit-tmiem il-kampjonat Nazzjonali tal-Muturi Motocross.

Intant harsa hafifa lejn il-gurnata fejn 40 kompetitur irregistraw ghal din l-attivita. Il-program beda bil-Muturi Motocross tard wara nofsinhar fejn fi klassi A rajna lil Mario Cauchi fuq mutur Honda jikkompeti f’din il-klassi u iddomina fiz-zewg heats tal-gurnata u spicca rebah il-gurnata. Cauchi kien dejjem segwit minn David Dimech fuq mutur Kawasaki. Gie nnotat in-nuqqas tal-ahwa Camilleri milli jiehdu sehem f’din l-ahhar kompetizzjoni. Minkejja dan Clayton Camilleri fuq KTM gie ddikjarat Campjin fil-Kampjonat Nazzjonali Motocross 2015/2016 ghall ghaxar darba. Clayton spicca segwit minn huh Kyle Camilleri fuq mutur KTM. Ghal l-istagun li jmiss ser inkunu qed naraw ghall l-ewwel darba lill l-ahwa Camilleri jikkompetu bin-numru 1 ghal Clayton u bin-numru 2 ghal Kyle.

Fi Klassi B rajna taqtija nteressanti bejn Jethro Sant u s-sewwieq Ghawci Robert Spiteri it-tnejn fuq muturi Yamaha. Minkejja li matul iz-zewg Heats Sant irnexielu dejjem johrog quddiem Spiteri dan tal-ahhar dejjem ghamel minn kollox u spicca jaghlaq il-gunata quddiem Sant. Spiteri spicca rebah il-gurnata segwit minn Sant u Paul Deguara fuq mutur Honda. fir-raba post dahal Peter Lee Sammut fuq mutur KTM.

Fil-Klassi Open tal-Motocross Mario Cauchi fuq Honda irregistra it-tielet rebha f’dan l-istagun biex kompla jikkonferma id-doppjetta tieghu f’din il-klassifika ukoll. Cauchi kien segwit minn David Dimech fuq Kawasaki fil-waqt li fit-tielet post spicca Robert Spiteri fuq Yamaha.

Iktar tard bdew it-tigrijiet bil-karozzi Autocross fejn fit-8:00 ta fil-ghaxija bdiet l-ewwel tigrija Autocross minn kategorija Modified. Hawn rajna lill Malcom Borg u lill Gordon Johnson it-tnejn fuq karozzi Opel Corsa jiddominaw il-Heats tal-gurnata li minkejja li ma rebhux il-Heats kollha xorta wahda kellhom l-oghla puntegg biex assiguraw posthom fil-finali A fejn f’din il-kategorija maghhom ikkwalifikaw Andrew Pisani u Josef Abela it-tnejn fuq Opel Nova, Karl Micallef fuq Ford Fiesta u Jean Paul Grech fuq Peugeot 106. Mat-tluq ta din il-finali rajna lil Micallef u l-Johnson jaghmlu hrug tajjeb hafna tant li sa l-ewwel kantuniera Johnson rajnieh jiehu l-ewwel pozizjoni segwit minn Micallef. L-attenzjoni marret fuq Grech li kien fit-tielet post segwit ferm vicin minn Abela u Pisani. Dawn ta l-ahhar kienu qed jaghmlu pressjoni fuq Grech izda dan irexielu jiddefendi postu sa l-ahhar. Il-finali spiccat b’Johnson jirbah ghat-tielet darba segwit minn Micallef u Grech. Fir-raba u l-Hames post spiccaw Abela u Pisani.

Ghal finali Autocross Modified Klassi B ikkwalifikaw Joseph Micallef u Jonathan Camilleri it-tnejn fuq Opel Corsa, Ryan Scicluna fuq Ford Fiesta, Matthew Borg fuq Fiat Ritmo, Josef Grech fuq Ford Fiesta u Keith Borg fuq Vauxhall Nova. Mat-tluq rajna lil Borg jiehu l-ewwel pozizzjoni ftit qabel l-ewwel kantuniera segwit minn Grech u Camilleri b’dan ta l-ahhar wara l-ewwel dawra beda jaqa lura minhabba hsara teknika bil-kumplament tal-kompetituri javvanzaw pozizjoni. Il-finali spiccat b’Borg rebbieh segwit minn Grech u Micallef. Fir-raba u l-hames post spiccaw Scicluna u Borg rispettivament.

Fil-Kategorija Autocross Standard rajna taqtija bejn 12 il-kompetitur fejn jidher li iktar ma jghaddi z-zmien din il-klassi qed tkompli tikber. Ian Fenech fuq Citroen AX kien il-protagunist matul il-Heats tal-gurnata fejn irnexielu jirbahom kollha biex issigilla postu fil-finali ghal din il-kategorija. Ma Fenech ikkwalifikaw Melvin Buttigieg fuq Citroen AX, Johann Vella fuq Opel Nova, Traydon Bailey fuq Ford Ka u Karl Scicluna fuq Peugeot 106. Mat-tluq tal-finali rajna lill Scicluna u Bailey jiehdu l-ewwel pozizjonijiet b’Scicluna fuq quddiem segwit minn Bailey u Vella. L-attenzzjoni marret fuq l-ahhar zewg pozizjonijiet okkupati minn Buttigieg u Fenech fejn mill-ewwel bdew jaghmlu pressjoni fuq l-avversarji rispettivi taghhom. Buttigieg wara l-ewwel dawra rrnexielu jissupera lill Vella b’dan tal-ahhar sab pressjoni minn Fenech sakemm dan Fenech spicca jaghmel azzjoni anti-sportiva fuq Vella u r-referee tal-gurnata jordna Warning lill Fenech, b’Vella jitlaq minn fuq il-post fejn gara l-incident izda ddecieda li jirtira ftit iktar tard. Fenech kompla id-debut tieghu fejn sa l-ahhar tal-finali rrnexielu jissupera wkoll lill Buttigieg u lill Bailey biex il-finali tispicca b’Scicluna jirbah segwit minn Fenech u Bailey. Fir-raba post spicca Buttigieg segwit minn Vella fil-hames post.

Intant l-Assocjazzjoni bhalissa qed tipprepara ghall ahhar attivita mill-Kampjonat Nazzjonali ASMK Pasta Poiatti 2015/2016 li se jkun organizzat nhar is-Sibt 18 ta’ Gunju 2016. Ghal darb’ohra l-attivita ser issir tard wara nofsinhar u tibqa sejra sa tard bil-lejl. Ghal iktar informazzjoni wiehed jista jzur is-sit elettroniku tal-Assocjazzjoni jew fuq is-sit socjali Facebook bl-isem ASMK Malta jew bl-email info@asmk.org.mt

Rittrati ta’ Mario Micallef

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Johann Pace
Segretarju Generali
ASMK – Malta