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Kier Agda is ready for motocross

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WHEN the Marianas Racing Association announced that it was back in action, novice rider Kier Agda could not contain his excitement. He said he is ready for a real race on the natural dirt.

During the heyday of local motocross in the late ‘80s to early 2000s, Agda never had the chance to experience the extreme sport. “I just started motocross this year when I heard that it was coming back to life here on Saipan. We’ve had a couple practice races every Sunday at Kan Pacific in Marpi, but that was it. I really look forward to future tournaments and races once we have a legit track.”

He said his love of street bikes goes back to 2018. “About two years ago, I bought my first ever street bike from one of my best friends, Shane Alvarez. It was a WR250R Supermoto, dirt/street style bike. Shane had his drz400 supermoto and we would always stroll the island and look for jumps.”

He said Shane could execute jumps, but Agda did not have enough confidence to do the same.

But then one day, Agda said he decided to face his fears and built a mini backyard track near his house. It had jumps so he could get comfortable with them. “Every single day since then, I would wake up, hop on my bike and practice on my little track,” he said. As days passed, his practice and consistency paid off as he noticed that his jumps were getting higher. “I had some bad landings, but it was all part of the learning process. I just kept on practicing until I broke my fear of jumps and that’s when I got hooked to this thing called motocross. It’s something I really commit myself to now and really enjoy doing.”

Agda and the rest of the MRA riders practice every Sunday in Marpi where the temporary track is located. He has never missed a practice session.

 

Kier Agda executes a jump during a practice session on Sunday at the Kan Pacific temporary track. Contributed photo

Kier Agda pushes forward at the Kan Pacific temporary track on Sunday. Contributed photo

But being a fan of motocross is not all about riding and getting some air, but also having the time to tend to your own bike, he said. Although it takes an experienced mechanic to properly maintain a great bike, Agda uses an owner's manual and YouTube clips to get things done. “I am the mechanic of my own bike. I tend to just learn things on my own. For some things that I find difficult or don’t have the tools for, I bring my bike to a shop or ask a mechanic friend.” 

With a new bike, you will not expect to have any problems for quite some time, but with an old bike, a lot of maintenance may be needed, he said. 

“Motocross in general is the best thing! A great, fun workout and also a great way of meeting new people with the same passion,” he added.

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