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Motorsports | News | Wheel2Wheel / 02-14-19

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales meets young Pinoy racers

Yamaha introduces new roster of riders for Underbone King Sniper 150 National Championships

By Mavelle Durian


Yamaha continues its outstanding dedication to racing and development of its riders by holding the Yamaha Racing Conference at the Eastwood Open Park, attended no less by Yamaha’s MotoGP star rider Maverick Viñales.

Known as the Top Gun, Viñales, made his way to the Philippines straight from his practice session to laud the country’s top riders and witness the debut of the 2019 YZF-R3, designed with a bodywork mirroring the YZR-M1 and made to be sleeker and more aerodynamic than ever.

Viñales first recognized the National Team duo of Masato “The Chairman” Fernando and McKinley Kyle “Wonder Boy” Paz of UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines Team, who are both eager to represent their country and show the caliber of Filipino Riders, particularly in the Asia Road Racing Championship.

Winning now isn’t the only goal for Yamaha with a long-term campaign for future competitions already underway in the Underbone King Sniper 150 National Championships.

Considered as an elite class, 12 selected riders will compete for a spot at the national team in their next tournament.

Then there were the riders for the 10th Yamaha Grand Prix Season – UB150 category.

The longest running one make race in the country has continued to develop the skills of riders and preparing them for the next level of competition. The batch of racers this year are a mixture of perennial contenders and new challengers ready to make their mark.

Aside from the Championship, bragging rights are also at stake with riders being divided into regional teams of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Yamaha also continued its partnership with the 4S1M racing team and Phoenix Yamaha Koso-Faito Racing Team who are both share the commitment of excellence on the racetrack.

Here is the list of Underbone King Riders:

  • Kervie Begania #23
  • Andrei Samuel Reyes #61
  • Aaron Wyner Blente #3
  • Erika Ondillo #98
  • Leeandro Paredes #5
  • Jasper James Cruz #79
  • Alicia Ortega #115
  • Kerwin Chang #99
  • Sean Ethan Barcial #97
  • Amber Torres #16
  • Justinne Bethany Tolentino #30

For the YGP UB150 Riders:


  • Amber Torres #16
  • Dustin Esguerra #69
  • Kerwin Chang #99
  • Niel Jan Centeno #822
  • Robert Ryan Espiritu #18
  • Tonton Farin #63


  • Jannesse Llois Lucero #6
  • Mario Bourbon Jr. #29
  • Garry Cañeda Jr. #88


  • Ephraim Onahon #44
  • Rhowell Matias Mangosong IV #191
  • Ernie Daguio Jr. #8