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Yamaha Racing team at FIM ARRC 2019 off to a good start

Yamaha Racing Philippines is off to a good start at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019. During Round 1 last March 8-10, at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Pinoys made waves with a historic victory.


Masato Fernando and McKinley Kyle Paz capped the weekend with remarkable finishes. After being selected as wildcard entries last season, Fernando and Paz are now officially part of the 150cc category this season. This is a first for Yamaha Racing in the Philippines, and its official partner UMA Racing, a top brand for performance parts in Malaysia.


McKinley Kyle Paz

Sweet victory

It was a battle of inches at the start of the race, but the Philippine team pushed themselves to the limit and came out with a victory. McKinley Kyle Paz–only 18 years old–immediately made his presence felt on the first day of practice at the Sepang International Circuit. He placed second among all riders.


Paz started the campaign with a resounding win and claimed the 1st position, giving the country its first taste of the victory. It wasn’t a coast to the top spot with riders often alternating at the pole position and it came to the final lap for the teen sensation. The precision it took to overcome the leaders was breathtaking to watch as he grabbed the victory.


Meanwhile, Masato “The Chairman” Fernando wouldn’t be outdone with a qualifying place of 4th entering race day. Using the Sniper 150, aka the King of the Street, it is the perfect tool to dominate this racing season. With a nation rallying behind them and a fiery passion burning inside, they were ready to show the region what Filipinos were made of.


Fernando was defiant to the end. He put himself in a good spot heading into the next race and picked up the 5th position. He was also able to avoid a crash when other participants had a tumble heading to the final corner. Masato will undoubtedly come back with a vengeance for race number two. On the other hand, Kyle aims for an elusive repeat against strong roster of rivals now gunning for him.


Masato Fernando

More for Yamaha Racing

The Philippine contingent also earned the best team award for this race. Next up, the battle continues to stay at the top.


Round 2 is set to happen on April 25-28 at the The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia. We’re excited to see what UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines team is about to do.


The Philippine team is supported by Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc., UMA Racing, Racing Boy, Aracer, Proliner, You-all, Galfer, Nasty Port Flow, Koso, NGK, and RK.

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