Team Suzuki Pilipinas had it again at the 2017 Suzuki Asian Challenge (SAC) Round 2 after taking home another top podium win at Chang International Circuit. After getting a back to back win during the Round 1 in Malaysia, the team was on it once more by giving the country its 3rd top finish. April King Mascardo took home the top spot just a few weeks after his powerful performance at the previous round which landed him in pole position and a 1st place finish at Race 1. Cebu’s pride Mario Borbon Jr. on the hand dominated the Race 1 of Round 1.
Starting on 5th grid, April strategically managed to stay at the right position over the other riders on the first laps then focused on following the leader of the race. When he got the perfect timing to lead the pack, he made sure he to secure the lead until the final lap. His exceptional performance outstood the other riders including the Thai and SAC Class of 2015 2nd placer Patis Chooprathet.
Race 2 was a tight battle for all of the riders especially for Team Suzuki Pilipinas’ Eane Jay Sobretodo and April King Mascardo who were leading the pack. Sobretodo unfortunately crashed while leading the 4th lap after an accidental hit by another rider causing him to not finish the race. During the last lap at the final corner of the race, one rider fell affecting the six riders on his trail including Borbon, Jr. and Mascardo. Even after the series of crashes, Mascardo finished 5th and Borbon made it at 12th place.
After the Round 2, Team Suzuki Pilipinas managed to retain their good standing. Mascardo remains at the top spot, Borbon Jr. at 7th with 42 points with Sobretodo at 11th place. Despite the series of crashes, nothing serious happened to team and they are more than determined to face the next round of the challenge which will happen at Suzuka International Circuit in Japan on June 2 to 4, 2017.