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From the streets to Guyana

Published:Sunday | November 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Norman Chung, one of the three motorcyclists who will be departing the island on Thursday to represent Jamaica in the third leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, on his motorcycle at the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston.-Photo by Errol Crosby

Norman Chung completes riding transition

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

He has been transformed from a regular street rider to a professional and more mature motorcyclist, to the extent that Norman Chung has been named in Jamaica's five-man team that will be departing on Thursday for the third leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) in Guyana.

Four years ago, Chung's potential was spotted by a friend and colleague, Adrian Blake, who took him through the paces on track, demonstrating how to manoeuvre his bike on the professional course.

"Some bikers know how to ride, but they don't know how to operate a motorcycle," the 38 year-old Chung told Automotives on Friday, while at the Palisadoes International Raceway with his team.

A past student of Ardenne Extension High School, he fell in love with motorcycles at 15 years old, a relationship which has since blossomed into more like a marriage. So when Chung's talent was identified by Blake, he was eager to learn more about motorsport. After four years of competitive racing, Chung finished third in this year's Class 'B' championship at Dover Raceway, St Ann.

With the support of his sponsor Super WiFi, Chung, along with Kyle Reynolds and David Bell, will take their places on the Jamaican team, which is being sponsored by Irie Racing and Sea Freight. If they are to get a podium finish, the Jamaicans' biggest obstacle will be Guyana's rising teen star, Matthew Vieira, the son of race driver Mark Vieira. There have been reports of the younger Vieira's fearlessness on his Yamaha YZF 600 and he seems to be the rider they will have to beat.

Also on show will be another outstanding rider from Guyana, Stephen 'Valentino' Vieira, who is Matthew's older cousin. A lot is expected of the other two Jamaicans, Bell and Reynolds, who appear more experienced than Chung.