2023 Philippine MotoIR Women’s National Championship this October!
In Iine with the FIM’s announcement last month of a “Women’s Motorcycling World Championship” series for 2024, the Philippines will have its first ever Women’s Philippine National Championship later this 2023!
The FIM all-new Women’s World Championship, is the first all-female circuit racing series at world championship level in motorcycle racing history. In cooperation with DORNA, the FIM Women’s Motorcycling World Championship will take place over six rounds in 2024 in Europe and will be part of the World Superbike support bill. It will be billed as a “final destination” for female racers rather than a talent cup to help progress young riders up the ladder.
FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “It’s the first time that we are going to start, since 1904, an FIM’s Women’s World Championship. It’s a championship where we want the women to be pro, like in MotoGP. Not promotional, not a step to another thing. It’s final. We want the women who race here, they will live in that, they will be professionals.”
To align with FIM’s international direction, NAMSSA Philippines and its partner promoter IR Nation has decided to launch its own national women’s circuit racing championship.
At stake will be the first ever, and prestigious Philippine NAMSSA WOMAN RIDER OF THE YEAR for 2023 and National NAMSSA points for licensing requirements for upcoming continental and world championship events. This is preparation for riders that who wants to join these championships in the future.
The Woman Rider of the Year will be feted together with the two other prestigious NAMSSA Philippine National Champions, the Rider of the Year and the Rookie of he Year at the Philippine Racing Industry Awards (PRIA) at the World Trade Center in December.
NAMSSA PH President Macky Carapiet said: “Road racing is such a growing sport in the Philippines and in Asia right now with a growing participation from the ladies. As the FIM National affiliate or FMN, we feel we need to establish this new wowen’s class as soon as possible to prepare our lady riders for the upcoming Asia, continental, international and world championship womens events.”
Mr. Carapiet is also the FIM Asia President and a similar class in Asia races might be established in the very near future.
Al Camba of MotoIR Championship said : “There are four to six lady riders that regularly compete at our races in different classes in the Motul Super Series, MotoIR and Youth Cup. Sometimes we do an All Ladies class on scooters, but these are not regular classes and no prestigious championships are given. We are happy that NAMSSA is doing this program with us not only to give proper recognition to our female athletes, like in other sports like cycling, tennis, basketball, swimming etc. This will also lay the groundwork for us to be able to send Philippine representatives to the international competitions in the future including the World Championships. We would like to invite all female racers to join us this October.
The 2023 Philippine MotoIR Women’s Championship will run together with the last 3 rounds of the Philippine National races in October. There will be a total of 6 races with 2 races each on October 1 (MotoIR) , October 15 (MotoIR) and October 29 (Super Series).
The machine to be used will be based on MotoIR 150-200cc rules but minimum bike and rider weight will be reviewed and adjusted.
This is open to all Filipino female racers regardless of rider skills and age. Extensive rules and registration details to be released soon!Accepted applicants will be presented at the World Trade Center on September 17 during the 3rd Performance and Lifestyle EXPO event.
The IRGP is also mulling the idea of a Women’s IRGP class to be added to the country’s biggest annual international raod race event.
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