Following the positive results of the Official Test in Sepang, Malaysia, Team Suzuki Pilipinas is all ready for the Round 1 of the Suzuki Asian Challenge at the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) set to happen this weekend – April 17 to 19.
Team Suzuki Pilipinas, which is composed of National Road Race Championship 115 Super Stock Category Overall Champion – Enzo Rellosa, Triple Champion feat holder in the final round of RUGP Cebu in Expert 130 UB, Expert Open UB and Expert AT Open – Mario Borbon and Suzuki Philippine Challenge Raider R150 One Make Race Qualifying Champion – April King Mascardo, showcased an impressive performance at the test event clocking 1min 30s held at the grand track of Sepang International Circuit.
Composed of powercast personalities in the motorcycle racing scene as their companions to the event – Mr. Yoyong Buncio of the YRS Racing Team, Mr. Bobby Mencias of the BMR Racing Team and Mr. Rico Cagnaan of VMAN Racing Team, the team is confident that they are able to make the country proud in the games. Committed to give it their all, Rellosa, Borbon and Mascardo did not waste time and burned tyres as they trained hard days before the games at the Batangas Racing Circuit guided by Suzuki Philippines Racing Head Noel Villapando.
The nation’s delegation to the highly anticipated competition in the region will leave for Malaysia on Thursday, April 16 where the first round of the 5-leg series will be held. The team will be seen competing with other 14 Suzuki racers from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
In a send-off presscon held recently, Suzuki Philippines expressed their commitment to develop young riders to be future champions in the international motorcycle racing scene. The delegation promised to do their best not only for themselves but more for the Filipinos. Humbled and honoured to be chosen as the representatives of the country to the prestigious event, Rellosa, Borbon and Mascardo expressed that they are with the country in this event.
The Suzuki Asian Challenge is a category at the ARRC with a single-make competition using the Raider R150 that also aims to discover talents who will be part of Suzuki’s development program to hone riders who will soon be competing in higher categories of the games and eventually the MotoGP. This program is alongside Suzuki’s imminent return in MotoGP with its new machine GSX-RR.