Paz celebrates 20th birthday on the tracks, ends with top 10 finish

McKinley Kyle Paz

Philippines young rider McKinley Kyle Paz, who just left his teen years recently, finished strong again at the 2021 FIM CEV-Repsol European Championship Moto2 Category with a top 10 finish.

Before finishing 10th in the Round 5 of the competition held in MotorLand Aragon, the 20-year old Paz (nicknamed “Wonderboy”), had to overcome a fractured left pinky during the qualifiers where placed 14th. The injury, Yamaha Motor Philippines (YMPH) shared, was during a practice session last July 4.

MckInley Kyle Paz

“He was also eager to display his development in braking and other facets of his skills. Even with the injury, he battled his way to 10th place to end Race 1—an accomplishment that was earned through grit and perseverance,”  mentioned in a statement.

In a virtual meeting after, Paz  said that he focused on the race without thinking of the injury or his birthday celebration. 

McKinley Kyle Paz

After being lauded for his performance the young driver also received a surprised from YMPH : a brand-new Sniper 155.

The second race for Round 5 had to be cancelled after an accident in a different category occurred that day.

Meanwhile, YMPH Marketing Assistant Section Manager Toni Boi Acuesta told Carmudi Philippines that while Paz is showing a strong performance for last two races, their expectation for the number 32 rider under VR46 Master Camp Race team remained the same: “for him to gather experience for his debut in the competition and to enjoy while staying safe on the tracks.”

McKinley Kyle Paz

Back in Round 4 at Autodromo do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal, Paz was at seventh place after placing 13th in the qualifiers.                

The next race for Paz is slated August 22 in Cadiz, Spain.

Photos from Yamaha Philippines

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