FATHER and his daughter Dave and Nanako Celis topped their respective classes in the 2021 Marianas Racing Association points race series.
In the veteran class, Dave Celis was at the top of his game, winning several top spots during the seven-round series, including three 50-point performances.
When asked what his strategy was, Dave Celis replied, “Drive smart, ride smoothly and maintain a constant speed. “
This game plan earned him a total of 332 points as well as first place overall and the “red plate” trophy.
For her part, her daughter Nanako dominated the Power Puff class.
Like her father, she was stable on the race track with two finishes of 47 points and an overall score of 304 points – the same score Billie Pangilinan achieved.
However, Nanako had the best tiebreaker score which earned her first place and the red plate trophy.
Nanako said the series was tough. “They [the other racers] have been very competitive throughout the season so I was very happy to win.
As for her father, Nanako said she wasn’t surprised when he won. “From the start, I already knew he was going to win. But in my case, I was really surprised I won because Billie and I were tied. “
Dave Celis said he was not only proud of his victory, but also that of his daughter.
“We are a family of runners and to see us both win titles at home is like a dream come true,” he added.
Dave is a longtime rider and serves as an inspiration to his children.
“What got me started in the sport of motocross was seeing everyone having fun riding,” said Nanako.
Her younger sister, Miyako, finished seventh in the Power Puff class.
“It’s the best feeling to be able to ride with your own family,” said Dave. “This sport has only brought us closer together than we already are. And winning is just a symbol of the strength of our bond.”