Uma Racing Yamaha Philippines still at top on ARRC U150
The tandem of UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines managed to maintain its top overall post despite the odds on the second leg of the Asia Road Racing Championship Underbone 150cc category.
Held in Chang International Circuit in Thailand, UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines composed of riders McKinley Kyle Paz and Masato Fernando had to fight their way through the second leg.
Overall, the team garnered 65 points for the first two legs.
“The Chairman” Fernando started and ended the race in the 20th spot. He wiggled his way through fourth spot during the race but when he was inching closer to a podium finish, an unfortunate clip with a fellow rider knocked him out of the lead pack and bowed out back at 20th.
On the other hand, race leader Paz started behind an all-Malaysian troupe but managed to finish at 6th place.
But after the struggle on Race 1, the duo entered the second race more determined to get a good finish.
Fernando felt some trouble with his ride this time around but managed to go through the race with what he had.
It was such a heated race that a crash erupted from the start, causing a red flag. As fallen riders gathered their bearings, it was an opportunity for Team Philippines to adjust their motorcycles. Due to the crash, the laps were now reduced to six, a virtual sprint to the finish line.
Paz started the race on the 5th spot with Fernando at the back of the pack anew but both were able to reach the front by the last two laps. For a moment, “The Wonder Boy” Paz led the way with Masato closing in on the rest of the leaders.
It was at the final corner where Fernando was part of a multi-rider crash that took away any chance at the podium. Paz couldn’t maintain the lead as he was smothered by his foreign counterparts.
At the end of the race, Paz is still on the top spot with 56 points while Fernando is at fifth with 36.