Date posted on February 15, 2019
Kyle developed a liking for motorcycles as young as 1 through his choice of toys. The kid was fortunate to have received all-out support from his loving parents since both of them are motorcycle enthusiasts who passionately trails around Sierra Madre.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lester and Ayet Paz gifted their little one with a pocketbike sooner than expected. The kid then started practicing in Club Manila East and Boomland, of course with his parents’ guidance and supervision.
Biggest Achievement: 2010 SK class champion
Mentor: Mr. Jayjay Guia, Mr. Mel Aquino, Mr. John Allen Mendez , Mr. John Lery Enriquez, Mr. Paul Mark Doblada and Tito Ula.
Racing Career: By 2004, Kyle had been spending time practicing for upcoming pocketbike races he wished to be enlisted in. It took an adequate period before he gathered enough courage to contend with other driven kids. And despite not being able to secure any podium finish in his first race series, he didn’t lose his determination. As a matter of fact, it only made him stronger and his spirit more indomitable.
Three years later, he snagged the pocketbike class championship title of the 2010 SK season. As of late he has been practicing his 130cc scooter twice a week to be an accomplished national rider like his idols John Lery Enriquez, Paul Mark Doblada and the late Maico Buncio.
Race Rituals: Before – “Nagdadasal po ako at practice lagi. Nagtatanong din po ako sa mga mentors ko kung ano ang gagawin ko sa loob ng race track.” During – “Binibigay ko po lahat ng kaya ko at sinusunod ko ang mga sinabi ng mentors ko.”
After – “Nagpe-pray po ulit at nakatapos ng isang safe na race. Nagtatanong po ulit ako sa mga mentors ko tungkol sa race na natapos kasi po every race is a different experience. May mga nagagawa akong bago na hindi naman nila itinuro.”
Race you look forward to the most: IRGP
Weapons of choice: For racing – Pocketbike, helmet – HJC (sponsored by Triumph JT), gloves – Alpinestar (sana), boots – AHRS, racing suit – Alpinestar (sana). Dream bikes – Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Bugatti Veyron Super Sports.
Advice to other riders: “Para sa mga batang gustong sumali sa pocketbike racing, sali na kayo! Ang saya ng sport na ‘to. Magiging disiplinado pa kayo at mabubuo ang self confidence nnyo.”
*This article was published in InsideRACING’s Volume 9 Number 12 2011 issue.