Suzuki Philippines’ latest fashionable scooter, the Skydrive Sport, had a successful one-make race class at the 2019 Super Series Nationwide Championships.
The Skydrive Sport Cup featured Beginner and Novice riders. The category proved that Suzuki scooter, aside from being economical and stylish, also performs well in racing. Suzuki Philippines provided Skydrive Sport scooters used in the series.
Eleven riders participated in the final Skydrive Sport Cup final round held in Silang, Cavite. Suzuki-VMan racer Rmand Salandanan was seamless as he dominated the qualifying and race of the said class. Salandanan on pole position went on to lead the 12-lap race from start to finish. He also registered the best lap time of the race. His teammate Nikko Nambatac from Davao finished second while Troy Patcho placed third. Fourth placer was Erth Dale Nuñeza followed by Kenneth Coronel. The only female rider in the race, Yna Marie Enriquez who came all the way from Davao, finished sixth.
Timothy Jonathan Rojas crossed the finish line seventh followed by Joseph Magalit and John Jake San Pedro. Rexie Sayno and Angelo Mangabat placed tenth and eleventh, respectively.
Rmand Salandanan had a remarkable race season and his victory in the Skydrive Sport Cup is the product of his consistency and improving skills. The support of his team Suzuki-VMan also played a major role in his success. Salandanan also won the Skydrive Sport Cup races in the second round in Antipolo and the third round in Davao. He was a consistent podium finisher which made him the overall champion for the Skydrive Sport Cup this 2019.
“Thank you Lord sa napakadaming blessings at sa gabay na binigay mo sa akin at sa buong team. Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng taong nagtiwala at sumuporta sa akin – sila Boss Gerald Sobretodo, Manuel Chien at Rey Abat, ang mga masisipag at handang magpuyat na mga mekaniko namin (Bunoy Orozzo, Jay Ortiz, Cyrus Bautista, Jhun-jhun Abagat at Anver Antonio), sa pamilya ko na walang sumusporta sa akin, Alcess Pinga Lopeña, Tatay Antonio Salandanan, Mam Alona Santos Salandanan, Ate Aizel Ann Salandanan, Altonie Ann Salandanan at Andrey Salandanan. Thank you sa Team Suzuki-VMan Racing, Suzuki Philippines, Pirelli Tires, 4S1M, LS2 Helmet, Motoworld, BRT Philippines, VMAX Pipe, RK Chains and Sprockets, Racing Boy, Red Speed, JCS, Faito, KOSO, UMA Racing, AM Arts, 2Fast Sliders, Cong. Teves, Big D, Marton, JG Gears, Ixon, Forma, NX5 at Garage 1.3,” expressed the Skydrive Sport Cup overall champion Salandanan. Vice Champion of the Suzuki Skydrive Sport. Cup was Nikko Nambatac.
Suzuki Sky Drive
Erth Dale Nuñeza
Yna Marie Enriquez
Timothy Jonathan Rojas
John Jake San Pedro
*This article was published in InsideRACING’s Volume 17 Number 10 2019 issue.