“The Hitman” Validates Underbone King Title

Date posted on September 28, 2020
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John Emerson Inguito won his fourth Philippine Underbone King title in 2019. He has won the underbone Masters Trophy race of IRGPXIII and as if that wasn’t enough, the Yamaha-4S1M rider proved his highly regarded underbone racing prowess once more with a well-deserved victory in the Castrol Power1 Underbone EFI GP.

It was not an easy race for Inguito as he was challenged by fellow expert riders Vrei-ar Suba and Tracy Soyangco in the 13-lap race, but Inguito showed consistency and control over the situations as he secured the first position and crossed the finish line first, gave his Yamaha-4S1M team its second IRGPXIII title and Yamaha Motor Philippines another Manufacturers Award. Suba who raced for Phoenix-Yamaha-SEC pursued Inguito till the checkered flag and it was a good second place finish for him. Both riders raced on Yamaha Sniper race bikes. Suba submitted the 1:06.334s best lap time of the race. Soyangco who spearheaded JVT-Honda’s campaign in the Underbone EFI category of the IRGPXIII delighted his team with a third place result. Seeing Soyangco and the Honda RS150 fight for the win was thrilling indeed.

Phoenix-Yamaha-SEC rider John Paul Suba finished fourth. Kerwin Chang of Yamaha-4S1M placed fifth followed by teammate Robert Ryan Espiritu and Indonesian rider Rere Depok of JVT racing team who won the Fastest Privateer award. Eighth placer was Paul Mark Doblada of Faito-Yamaha. JVT-Honda’s Gian Carlo Mauricio finished ninth while Faito-Yamaha’s Amber Torres settled for tenth place. Suzuki-VMan’s Eane Jaye Sobretodo had an eleventh place finish. Niño Fabian of JVT-GSD-Motocorsa, Team Motocorsa’s Tracy Gaddi and Eljin Renz Lobarbio of Motortrade-RSV-ENEOS-SGK-Pitsbike ECU finished twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth, respectively. Niel Jan Centeno of Phoenix-Yamaha-SEC placed fifteenth while Lobarbio’s teammate Ellijah Olayvar crossed the finish line sixteenth. Centeno’s teammate Joey Punio ended up at seventeenth place. Three riders were not able to finish the race and these were Motokoloso’s Cloud Cedrick Montero, Malaysian rider Amirul of JVT-Honda and Suzuki-VMan’s April King Mascardo.

Truly, when it comes to underbone racing, John Emerson Inguito has cemented his status as king. He and Yamaha-4S1M has a victorious collaboration for years now and they are now ready to conquer the Asian racing scene as Inguito is one of the participants in the Underbone 150 class of the Asia Road Racing Championship.

L-R: Vrei-ar Suba, John Emerson Inguito and Tracy Soyangco

This was published in InsideRACING Magazine’s 2020 Volume 18 Number 1 issue

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