Following the Japanese giant’s commitment to develop future MotoGP racers, and eventually champions; Suzuki stages the Suzuki Asian Challenge (SAC). The SAC runs in conjunction with the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) featuring a single-make race on a Suzuki motorcycle. The SAC will form the base of a structured programme that will eventually spearhead Suzuki’s efforts to groom riders from the Asian region. The collaboration with the ARRC is the result of Suzuki’s intention to also train up more Asian talents who may one day race for Suzuki in the MotoGP.
Representatives from Asian nations will compete with each other to find out who will reign in this exciting event.
Suzuki GSX-R150. The race bikes used in the 2017 Suzuki Asian Challenge.
Riders’ briefing on December 1of the Suzuki Asian Challenge. The series is holding its final round of 2017 at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.
This year, Suzuki Philippines retains its three powerful delegates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – Eane Jaye Sobretodo, April King Mascardo & Mario Borbon Jr. The 2017 SAC season sees 16 riders from 9 countries – Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
April King Mascardo of Team Suzuki Pilipinas. He is 2nd overall in the standings and has a chance to win the championship title this year.
Eane Jaye Sobretodo of Team Suzuki Pilipinas
SAC Round 1 Race 1 – Johor Circuit – Mario Borbon Jr. – 1st place
SAC Round 1 Race 2 – Johor Circuit – April King Mascardo – 1st place
SAC Round 2 Race 1 – Chang International Circuit – April King Mascardo – 1st place
SAC Round 4 Race 1 – Sentul International Circuit – April King Mascardo – 2nd place
April King Mascardo – 2nd
Eane Jaye Sobretodo – 9th place
Mario Borbon Jr. – 8th place
Suzuki Asian Challenge 2017 Schedule
Official Test – March 15 to 16- Johor International Circuit, Malaysia
Round 1 – April 1 to 2 – Johor International Circuit, Malaysia
Round 2 – April 14 to 15 – Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand
Round 3 – June 3 to 4 – Suzuka International Circuit, Suzuka, Japan
Round 4 – August 12 to 13 – Sentul International Circuit, Sentul, Indonesia
Round 5 – December 2 to 3 – Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand
Words by Suzuki Philippines