Team Suzuki Pilipinas once again made the country proud as they conclude the race 2 of the last leg of the Suzuki Asian Challenge at the top spot. Mario Borbon gave the team its 2nd championship win after a head to head battle with his ASEAN contenders.
Team Suzuki Pilipinas performances have improved greatly over the months. With a podium win at every leg of the race, they proved to be a strong force to reckon with.
Held at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram Thailand last December 2 to 4, 2016, Team Suzuki Pilipinas showed an overall impressive race. 30 year-old Mario Borbon proved that his years of experience and perseverance at the race track will one day bring him his 1st top position at the Suzuki Asian Challenge podium. Coming from behind during the practice race, the Visayas Rider showed his improvement during race 1 as he led the pack in one of the laps of the race. More hopeful on the second and final round, he was able to maintain a good position during the race together with EJ Sobretodo who was also leading during the 5th and 6th lap. However, Sobretodo crashed due to a collision with a Sri Lankan rider during his last turn leaving Borbon to lead the remaining of the race.
Finishing fastest this round with a time of 2:16.781, Team Suzuki Pilipinas brought pride to our country. This another top podium win marks another first for the country as it was the first time a Filipino rider won a top position at the world class Chang International Circuit. Because of this, the Philippines flag was raised on top as the national anthem was being played during the awarding making this another monumental event in the history of the country’s motorsports.
Meanwhile, the very strong Mindanao rider April King Mascardo managed to stay at the 6th Place. Ej, April and Mario’s final standing is at the 5th, 6th and 7th Place respectively. The final round of the Suzuki Asian Challenge ended gloriously for Team Suzuki Pilipinas with a sweet victory for our fellow Filipinos.