The race season ends with Philippines winning overall for the second time
After a tough battle with other Asian contenders, Team Suzuki Pilipinas was able to grab a 2ndoverall championship win at the 2017 Suzuki Asian Challenge, a first for the Philippines at the single-make race hosted by Suzuki Motor Corporation.
The final round saw the country’s frontrunner April King Mascardo (#16) and Eane Jaye Sobretodo (#22) working together to secure the overall standing at 2nd place. Qualifying saw both riders off to a good start, but Mascardo low-sided mid-way on his first lap, which required his bike to be fixed. Despite the setback, and with only 7 minutes remaining, Mascardo was able to qualify 4th on the grid. Race 1 saw Mascardo achieving his 4th podium win of the season with a 2nd place win against contenders from Thailand on their home court. Race 2 had Sobretodo pacing the lead pack for Mascardo to successfully catch up from behind.
Here is the summary of Team Suzuki Pilipinas wins over the season:
Round 1– Johor International Circuit
Race 1 – Mario Borbon Jr. – 1st Place
Race 2 – April King Mascardo – 1st Place Round 2 – Chang International Circuit
Race 1 – April King Mascardo – 1st Place Round 4 – Sentul International Circuit
Race 1 – April King Mascardo – 2nd Place Round 5 – Chang International Circuit
Race 1 – April King Mascardo – 2nd Place
2nd Overall – April King Mascardo
8th Overall – Eane Jaye Sobretodo
9th Overall – Mario Borbon Jr.
Team Suzuki Pilipinas raced this season with strong contenders from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.