After a series of podium wins and head to head battle with other Asian contenders, Team Suzuki Pilipinas concluded the Suzuki Asian Challenge (SAC) 2017 which runs in conjunction with the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) with a 2 nd Overall Championship win - a first of the country at the said single-make race hosted by Suzuki Motor Corporation and is produced by Team Kagayama.
The final round saw the country’s frontrunner April King Mascardo (#16) and Eane Jaye Sobretodo (#22) working together to secure the former’s overall standing at 2nd place. On to the qualifying, both were on a good start but Mascardo low side crashed mid-way to his first lap which required him to go out of the track to have his bike fixed. With only 7 minutes remaining, Mascardo went back on the track and still managed to get the 4th position on the grid. Race 1 showed Mascardo achieving his 4th podium win of the season with a 2nd place win against contenders from Thailand on their homecourt.
Race 2 capped with Sobretodo preserving the pace of the lead pack for Mascardo to catch up from the 2nd pack which he successfully did. Getting the championship title is Punchana Kulrojchalalai of Thailand who also got the 3 rd and 1st podium win during Races 1 & 2 respectively. Following on 3rd place is Japan’s Tetsuya Fajita who finished 2nd place on Race 2. Here is the summary of Team Suzuki Pilipinas wins over the season: Round 1– Johor International Circuit Race 1 - Mario Borbon Jr. – 1 st Place Race 2 – April King Mascardo – 1 st Place Round 2 – Chang International Circuit Race 1 – April King Mascardo – 1 st Place Round 4 – Sentul International Circuit Race 1 – April King Mascardo – 2 nd Place Round 5 – Chang International Circuit Race 1 – April King Mascardo – 2 nd Place Overall Standings 2 nd Overall – April King Mascardo 8 th Overall – Eane Jaye Sobretodo 9 th Overall – Mario Borbon Jr. Team Suzuki Pilipinas raced this season with strong contenders from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.