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Champion Mindanao rider Jireh Edrote killed in race accident

Lynde Salgados
Champion Mindanao rider Jireh Edrote killed in race accident

GONE TOO SOON. Jireh Edrote just ruled an endurance race early this year.

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Jireh Edrote, a 29-year-old champion rider, figured in a fatal accident during a motorcycle endurance race in Misamis Oriental

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Cagayan de Oro’s popular rider Jireh Morales Edrote died on Saturday, August 13, after suffering severe body injuries from a race accident in Misamis Oriental. He was 29. 

Edrote – who was  driving a 1000cc Kawasaki Versys Green during the Diyandi Motourally Endurance Challenge – overshot a curved stretch at 2 am along Purok Rizal, Barangay Poblacion in Lugait town, Misamis Oriental and hit an iron post before overturning to a canal by the roadside, police reports said.

He was brought to the nearby Manticao municipal hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Edrote was expected to dominate the endurance motorcycle race, which flagged off in the early hours of Saturday in Iligan City.

The annual Diyandi Festival race was supposed to cover Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Davao regions before heading back to Iligan City, which is geographically located within Lanao del Norte province.

A young daredevil, Edrote also conquered a 1,000-kilometer route across three Mindanao regions in 12 hours and 12 minutes last February.

He’s survived by his wife Mequiann and four-year-old son Quian Renz.

Edrote’s friend Vince Buot rued the accident may have also been caused by a dimly lit stretch.

“Jireh was speeding over 100kph along the dimly lit portion of Lugait road that was known to be accident-prone because it has a short curve that is very dangerous to notice especially at dawn,” Buot told Rappler.

“His helmet had no scratch and so was his face. But the strong impact caused serious damage on his body.” 

Many of the estimated 500 participants have decided to discontinue the race. – Rappler.com

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