Team Networx dominates JSAP Jet Ski Reunion Race
2005 Jun 1, Philippine Daily Inquirer & Philippine Star

The 2005 JSAP Reunion Race last May 26 at the Caylabne Beach Resort was originally meant to be just an “eyeball” of former jet ski racers and enthusiasts. But as it turned out, the event opened doors for the possible revival of the JSAP National Series.

That’s because the success of the JSAP invitational jet ski race resparked the riders’ yearning for a spectacular competitive water action. It’s been three years since the last National Series was staged and yet, they all still flash the same top competitive form.

John Dee, the 1998 Rider of the Year, showed no sign of rust as he unveiled an impressive performance against the country’s top jet skiers in the premiere Expert Runabout 1200 class.

He ruled the first moto and checked in second in the final race to emerge the overall winner in what had been a “battle of former jet ski champions” that includes two-time national titlist Paul del Rosario and 2001 champ Carlo Baltao.

But at the end of the day, it was Dong Arcilla’s Team Networx Jetsports that dominated the whole day affair.

Del Rosario, the World Jet Ski runner-up and second overall in Southeast Asia, led Networx’ trophy haul as he bagged two trophies for his double 1st place wins in the Stand-Up and Sport Open classes.

Other Networx members BJ Ang, Peter Cruz, Carlo Garcia, Mike Mangio and Abby Reyes likewise clinched top podium finishes.

Ang bagged third place honors in the 800cc class and second in the 1200cc class; Peter Cruz clinched the runner-up place in the Stand Up class and third in the Novice 4-stroke class; while Carlo Garcia wound up third in both the Expert Runabout 1200 class and the Stand Up class.

Mangio, a first-timer in the event, outlasted Toti Alberto and Ed Elbo in the Novice two-strokes division while Reyes won the Women’s Runabout class over 2002 Mutya ng Pilipinas Darlene Carbungco and Emily Crisostomo.

“That’s 10 trophies in one event, and we’re happy with the team’s achievement,” said Arcilla who also used the event to introduce his display the latest top-of-the-line 2005 Yamaha jetskis, apparel, and gear distributed by Networx Jetsports.

Among the other winners in the event also supported by Boating World and Dream One are Excel Torres, Roland Hermoso, Mike Mangio and Abby Reyes.

Torres, who ended fourth in the Expert Runabout 1200 class, proved himself in the Expert Runabout 800 division where he turned back more favored rivals Carlo Baltao and BJ Ang.

Hermoso, one of the country’s top Asian Formula 3 drivers, prevailed in the Novice four-strokes class over Peter Cruz and Alex Isip.

Del Rosario could have made a triple victory but an unfortunate incident denied him of the title in the Expert Runabout 1200 class. The low tide caused the rope of the bouy to float and got tangled with Del Rosario’s ski – resulting to a broken scoop grate that ejected the rider out of his craft in one of the most spectacular crashes in JSAP history.

But he proved himself in the final race after repairs were made, pulling away early from the pack to earn 25 points that sent him fifth overall in the Expert Runabout 1200.

Networx Jetsports youngest protégé BJ Ang also suffered the same fate. Ang was then leading when his craft got tangled with the rope of the buoys and lost his position while trying to remove it.

Even with some kinks, everyone was happy over the successful staging of the reunion race and in fact, all of them are looking forward to a follow-up race this month.

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