THE Philippine Downhill League is set to return on Sunday in Binangonan, Rizal after a year after being shelved.
Downhill World Masters Championship campaigner Parabanne Mendoza of Manila and Sultan Kudarat’s Mitchel Beatriz have committed to join the open category also featuring Gabriel Amigo of Surigao Del Sur, Iloilo’s Nino Martin Eday and Batangas’ Sean Cura, among others.
“This is our share in making the local scene alive. We want to have fun and at the same time retain the respect and recognition our sport has built in the scene,” said 2018 Downhill League official Jong Narciso.
Also on tap is the national age group competition, with no special classes for bike types.
“We also wanted to continue the right path for the scene through the categories which is normally through age groups. There are no special categories for bike type since downhill is a small community in itself. It is a downhill race and anyone has the option to choose their equipment as long as it is within the regulations,” added Narciso.
The revival outing backed by Commencal and Fox Racing Philippines will have eight legs, providing new courses for a more exciting and challenging series.
After Rizal, the series goes to Mt. Samat in Bataan on March 4, followed by races in Tagaytay on April 14, Guimaras Island on May 19, Baler on June 30 and July 1, Iligan on September 16 and La Union on October 27, with the finale set November 10 and 11 in Tabango, Leyte.