APRIL KING MASCARDO OF SUZUKI VMAN RACING TEAM WON RIDER OF THE YEAR SUPER UNDERBONE CATEGORY
The 6-leg race series came to a close with the Raider R150 as the champion. Determined and focused to get to the top, April King Mascardo started it strong at the qualifying landing him on pole position with a best lap time of 17.865s. Trailing behind him were Masato Fernando and JE Inguito (who was also vying for the championship title), Ephraim Onahon and Durraine Dan Carlos – all from the rival team. With this starting position, the rest of the Suzuki-VMan Racing Team – Eane Jaye Sobretodo, Jaypee Obedencio and Josh Tan got ready for an intense race with all their guards up to defend Mascardo while performing well to beat their individual best times.
On to the race, the beginning of the 15-lap competition already saw a jumpstart from Dan Carlos coming from grid 5 cutting off and blocking Mascardo. Keeping his focus, the encounter did not stall our hero as he swiftly recovered catching the pack at the first corner securing a position on 2nd place following JE Inguito who was then leading the race. An error on the 2nd lap however made Inguito crash as Mascardo was about to catch him giving a sweet advantage to the Suzuki rider who kept on pushing to maintain his lead up to the final lap. The race concluded with April on the top followed by Masato and JE on 2nd and 3rd spot respectively claiming his title as the Super Underbone Champion this season with the still undisputed Underbone King – the Suzuki Raider R150.
JACQ BUNCIO ON HER SUZUKI GSX-R1000R OWNS THE RACETRACK
THROUGH THE SUZUKI AND WHEELTEK’S WINNING ALLIANCE
Suzuki’s big comeback at the Philippine Superbikes (PSBK) racing scene this 2018 resulted to multiple sweet victories for the Japanese giant and its dealer partner Wheeltek Motor Sales Corporation. The winning partnership of these two names brought the fastest lady rider Jacq Buncio – the Philippine Superbikes National Rookie Rider of the Year title and a 1st Runner Up Win at the Pirelli Cup Heavyweight A Class at the National Motorcycle Championship on board the most lightweight, most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest running GSX-R ever built (yet) – the GSX-R1000. The conclusion of this Superbikes racing season attested that the GSX-R1000R is now prepared to invade the Philippine racing community and is ready to own the racetrack.
The next year racing season will surely be an exciting battle as Suzuki and Wheeltek continue its alliance to further showcase the power and performance of GSX-R1000R and support the Philippine motorsports. Follow Jacq’s journey and find out more about the GSX-R1000R at www.suzuki.com.ph or join the Suzuki community at facebook.com/suzukibigbikesphilippines/ or follow us on instagram at @suzukimotorsph.