The conclusion of the Philippine Superbikes (PSBK) Nationwide Championships 2018 season looks positive for the fastest lady rider in the country today – Suzuki-Wheeltek Racing Team’s flag bearer Jacq Buncio with her Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Jacq is competing in 2 events of the PSBK where she is both holding the top ranks and she is on to defend her position at the finale this weekend – October 7, 2018 at Clark International Speedway.
Jacq is racing at the PSBK Nationals Rookie category making her the youngest and the first ever female participant of the event and the PSBK Cup or better known as the Pirelli Cup Heavyweight A class. These two are 6-leg races running under the 2018 National Motorcycle Championships. Considered as another milestone in the country’s motorsport history, the Rookie Category is a new addition to the Philippine Superbike National Championships and is a step for the Philippines inspired from the MotoGP, the most sought after motorsport competition in the world.
Our lady rider Jacq might just be the first ever PSBK Nationals Rookie Rider of the Year that the country will see being the frontrunner in this category with 238 points versus her contenders BJ Ang with 168 points and Pocholo Panlilio with 125 points on 2nd and 3rd spots respectively. For the Pirelli Cup, we will see Jacq defending her position with her current points at 188points followed by Pocholo Panlilio with a close 183 points and Rod Valdez with 127 points. The race this weekend will be very intense as we look forward to Jacq protecting her positions to give her fans a sweet back-to-back championship season finale.
Meanwhile, Team Suzuki VMan Racing had their victorious feat again at the Moto IR Championships with the GSX-R150. April King Mascardo concluded the Moto IR Expert Category Race with a 3rd Place win after a head to head battle with its contenders and an effective coordination strategy with his co-rider Eane Jay Sobretodo. The Moto IR Novice Category saw on the other hand, Djereck Ondillo and Dan Carlo Alvarado finished once again with a smooth 1-2 finish, respectively. The overall standing of Team Suzuki VMan Racing are as follows:
Moto IR Expert Category
2nd Place – April King Mascardo
4th Place – Eane Jay Sobretodo
Moto IR Novice Category
1st Place – Djereck Ondillo
2nd Place – Dan Carlo Alvarado