Mangulabnan, Mascardo, Mauricio, Ang, Torres, and Gomez were fastest in their respective groups today, Friday, during the Qualifying Sessions of the opening round if the 2021 Petron Philippine National Motorcycle Road Racing Championships (MORAC) at the Clark International Speedway.
Organized by the Batangas Circuit Racing Association (BRCA), the motorsport weekend is an outdoor, non-contact sport to be held in limited venue capacity following strict minimum health and safety protocols in compliance with the IATF. The event is sanctioned by the Federation ofTwo Wheels Association of the Philippines (FETAP), Superbike Racing Association (SBRA), and the Unified Sports and Racing Association (USRA) for Motorcycles, Inc.
It marks the return of top level motorcycle roadracing in the country since the pandemic began in early 2020 and the first sanctioned motorcycle race event in Clark since the IRGP in November of 2019.
The event is observing strict social distancing protocols and all competing riders submitted a negative RT-PCR Test yesterday evening. The new condensed schedule with double legs per weekend dictated that Qualifying be done on Friday and two races each on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the top three fastest times in each group:
In the premier Pirelli Philippine Superbike Championships (PSBK), it was 2019 and defending champion Marvin Mangulabanan who registered the fastest lap of 1 min 50.502s, faster than returning PSBK racer TJ Alberto who set a close time of 1 min 50.881s.
Alberto last competed in a full PSBK season in 2017 before concentrating in international races in the CIV, WSBK and ARRC. With international racing still on hold, Alberto is going to race the full PSBK untill ARRC resumes later in the year.
Third fastest was Dashi Watanabe, another former PSBK Champion who is returning to full time racing. He clocked 1 min 53.407s.
In the big field of 150cc Pirelli Underbone King Championships (UBK), it was April King Mascardo, the Super Series Nationwide star now with a new team and riding a new bike who set the fastest time of 2 mins 15.698s followed by Intermediate rider J.P. Suba with 2 mins 17.183s and another expert rider Vrei Ar Suba with 2 mins 17.318s.
Meanwhile, in the third national class, the Pirelli Philippine Scooter Championships (PSR), it was defending champion Giancarlo Mauricio on a new bike and a bew team who went fastest at 2 mins 28.506s. He was also fourth fastest in UBK. Internediatexrider J.O. Suba was second at 2 mins 30.843s and Vrei ar Suba in third with a time of 2 mins 35.735s
In the Philippine Ducati Cup, defending Champion BJ Ang will be on pole with 2 mins 04.552s followed by Gianfranco Tobias and Andrei Paulo Aguilar.
In the Pirelli Group 1 fastest was Jake Gomez with a time of 2 mins 02.153s followed by Alvin Gacrama and Nino Gonzales.
In the Pirelli Group 2 , it was Ralph Kenneth Torres who went fastest and will be on pole for tomorrows’ Race 1 after setting a time of 2 mins 07.583s followed by Ian Ordonez and Fritssy Claveria.
Meanwhile, the 22-rider grid of the MotoIR Championships Time Trial will be held tomorrow morning. Dustin Esguerra, Paul Mark Doblada, Fritssy Claveria and defending MotoIR1 Champion Iraq Bauzon plus many more will see action.
The MORAC races will be livestreamed on social media so that fans can enjoy the races without going to the track.
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