Date posted on August 18, 2015
The Pirelli Philippine Superbike Championships sanctioned by the Superbike Racing Association (SBRA) had another race under wet conditions for its fourth round last August 9 at the Clark International Speedway.
Fifteen superbikers contested in the race and it was Raniel Resuello of Ducati Philippines-Bacchus who emerged as the winner after the race was red-flagged or stopped due to the wet condition of the track and an oil spill after the crash of BMW Motorrad-HGM rider Marvin Mangulabnan who got the pole position of the race. Before the red flag, it was another spectacle of riding skills by the three top superbikers in the country today – defending PSBK champion Dashi Watanabe of Motorad-WRD-Kawasaki, Resuello and Mangulabnan.
Dashi Watanabe, Marvin Mangulabnan and Raniel Resuello
Resuello was declared as the winner of the Expert class with Watanabe placing second and Anthony Roman of Granstar-KTM placing third.
Raniel Resuello with Mr. Pipoy Ang of Caloocan Sales Center, the distributor of Pirelli Tires in the country, and Mr. Robi Tanyag of Eneos
TJ Alberto of Ducati Philippines-Bacchus took double wins again, clinching the Intermediate and Novice classes.
Intermediate class winners – (L-R) Paul Mark Doblada, TJ Alberto and Clarke Robertson
Novice class winners – (L-R) Paul Mark Doblada, TJ Alberto and Masato Fernando
Raymond Robertson of Titans Racing topped the Master class. Toti Alberto was second this time and Joey Storm Rivero of Motorad-WRD-Kawasaki took the third place.
Masato Fernando, Toti Alberto and Raymond Robertson
Master class winners – (L-R) Toti Alberto, Raymond Robertson and Joey Storm Rivero
As stated on the rulebook, 50% points was given to all finishers. Resuello reigns in the Rider of the Year Standings and Expert class with 79.5 points after four rounds. It was a close fight in the Expert standings as Watanabe has 77 and Mangulabnan got 71 points.
TJ Alberto leads the Intermediate class with 62.5points while Masato Fernando despite finishing second in the fourth leg is still on top of the Novice class with 72 points. Toti Alberto who likewise placed second in the Master category has 80 points and is currently ranked first in the said class.
The fifth leg of the PSBK is on September 6 at the Batangas Racing Circuit.