Yamaha PH racing team's campaign starts strong

Wonderboy, Rocketboy get 3rd-place finishes 

Yamaha PH racing team's campaign starts strong

MANILA: Yamaha Motor Philippines (YMPH) started its motorsport campaign strong as two of its riders for this year’s Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) immediately ended at the podium.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What were the Filipino racers' best finishes at the Round 1 of the Asia Road Racing Championship?

    McKinley Kyle Paz and April King Mascardo both finished at the third spot in one of their two races while Gian Carlo Mauricio was at 13th spot for the initial round of the racing series.
  • What is the significance of Paz' recent achievement in the 2024 ARRC?

    Paz’ third-place finish is the first-ever podium finish by a Filipino in the SS600 division.
  • Donning the country’s colors, McKinley Kyle Paz (under Yamaha Tekhne Racing Team Asia in SS600) and April King Mascardo (racing for UMA MMR Yamaha Philippines Racing Team in UB150) both finished at the third spot in one of the two races for the initial round of the racing series.

    McKinley Kyle Paz

    Per YMPH, the victories showed the “efficiency of an upgraded racing program to further develop riders and machines to compete at the highest level and create champions.” 

    The Japanese motorcycle marque’s local arm noted that Paz’ third-place win serves as a trailblazing accolade for the country and him as the honor marks the first-ever podium finish by a Filipino in the said division.

    McKinley Kyle Paz

    After an average Race 1 (and finishing ninth), the of the 22-year-old racer stunned spectators and competitors on how he came through Race 2 unscathed and at the podium.

    Pagtawid ko ng finish line, ‘Di ako makapaniwala. Matagal ko pinangarap to yung maka-podium sa 600. Matagal ko pinangarap to kaya pag tawid na pagtawid ko, kusa na ako naiyak (When I crossed the finish line, I couldn't believe it. I’ve been hoping to be at the podium in the 600 division for a long time now. I was really dreaming about this so when I crossed [the finish line>, tears just started to flow),” Paz was quoted as saying.

    McKinley Kyle Paz

    After the initial round, Paz holds the fourth overall spot in the SS600 category.

    Meanwhile, Mascardo was also aggressively in hounding for the UB150 title with a third-place finish in Race 1. He then completed Race 2 at the eighth spot.

    April King Mascardo

    Gian Carlo Mauricio, who was with Mascardo at the said category, failed to finish Race 1 due to technical difficulties and was at the 13th spot in Race 2.

    Gian Carlo Mauricio

    For the UB150 division’s first round, Mascardo landed on sixth place overall and Mauricio, at 17th place.

    The second round of the 2024 ARRC will be on April 19-21 at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China.

    Photos from Yamaha Motor Philippines

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