Yamaha Racing’s McKinley Kyle Paz and Masato Fernando showed the region what Filipinos are made of following with terrific finishes in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia recently, with the former even grabbing a triumph.
It was a battle of inches at the start of the race, but Paz pushed himself to the limit and came out with a victory as he started the Philippine campaign with a resounding win.
It wasn’t a coast to the top spot with riders often alternating at the pole position and it came to the final lap for the teen sensation to secure the victory. The precision it took to overcome the leaders was breathtaking to watch as he grabbed the win.
As a sign of good tidings to come, Paz immediately made his presence felt right on the first day of practice at as he placed second among all riders, before outdoing himself with a triumph in the actual race.
Meanwhile, “The Chairman” Fernando wouldn’t be outdone with a qualifying place of 4th entering race day. Using the Sniper 150, also known as the King of the Street back home, it is the perfect tool for the conquest of dominance this racing season.
Fernando was defiant to the end as he put himself in a good spot heading into the next race and earned precious points by picking up 5th position. He was also able to avoid a crash when other participants had a tumble heading to the final corner. Masato will undoubtedly come back with a vengeance for race number 2.
After being selected as wildcard entries last season, both Paz and Masato are now officially part of the entire season for the 150cc category–a first for Yamaha Racing in the Philippines.
Partnering with UMA Racing, a top brand for performance parts in Malaysia, and Racing Boy, the two Filipinos earned the best team award for this race and will do everything to prepare for another grueling round against Asia’s best to keep our flag at the top of the ARRC, with Paz look for an elusive repeat against strong roster of rivals now gunning for him.