The aspiring young riders delivered solid performances, as expected, as this year’s Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) sealed its racing season with the 6th round, happened in Clark International Speedway last October 5 and 6.
The 14-year old Alfred Jakob Sablaya defended his lead during the qualifying race, followed by two domineering racers, Chino Hung and Marco Gil Ventinilla, who took the second and third spot, with only an 0.021-second gap.
Kurt Villanueva and Travis Paralejas, on the other hand, raced for the fourth-place position. Kokoy Mangibin, the standing fourth place in the overall competition, finished 8th in this race.
The head-to-head clash between Hung and Ventinilla for the second spot, as well as Villanueva and Paralejas for the fourth place continued to the Race 1. Sablaya, on the other hand, remained unbeaten.
The 2nd Race sealed the cup still, with Sablaya on top. Hung, however, crashed in the middle of the race, leaving his head-to-head battle in favor of Ventinilla, who eventually finished in 2nd place. Villanueva, on the other hand, bagged the 3rd spot in the gridlines.
Overall, Sablaya dominated the Round 6—he was also hailed the champion of the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup 2019 while Hung and Ventinilla snatched the 2nd and 3rd place.
As one of the benefits in joining the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) supports Sablaya and join the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Try-Outs, happening on Oct 29 – 30 at Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.
The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup try-outs will determine who will join the prestigious race event for its 2020 season, and Sablaya may be the next Filipino rider to join the ranks of the previous Filipino riders including HPI current international rider Troy Alberto.
HPDC 2019’s sixth-round is the conclusion of the Honda’s MotorSport Program, which aims to develop young riders in motorcycle racing using a specific race machine, such as the CBR150R – a 150cc, MotoGP DNA motorcycle. It also seeks to promote the sport of MotoGP-racing among young Filipinos to better their skills in representing the country for future racing competitions.
The racing competition is also part of Honda’s ONE DREAM campaign, dedicated to uniting all motorcycle riders through fun and exciting activities and strives to serve Honda Motorcycles as partner tools in achieving one’s dream.
This Race program is sponsored by Idemitsu, KTC Tools, Zero2Podium, RK Takasago, NGK Spark Plugs, Racing Boy, Pirelli, Threebond, ARacer and NHK.
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