The Suzuki Raider R150 reigned on top at the final round of the highly anticipated Super Underbone race of the Super Series Nationwide Championships obtaining the overall championship title with its flag bearer April King Mascardo of Team Suzuki-VMan Racing. Aptly called as the Manila GP, the event happened last October 28 at the Megatent Parking Lot. The series is a battle between Team Suzuki-VMan with the Raider R150 Fi and Team Yamaha with the Sniper MXi on a 4-rider per team battle.
As the both teams were vying for the championship title, the heat of the sun further heightened the intense atmosphere of the Super Series Nationwide Championships finale. However, the final leg defined everything, sealing the 6-leg race series to a close with the Raider R150 as the Champion.
With determination and attentiveness, April King Mascardo started it strong at the qualifying landing him on pole position with a best lap time of 17.865s. Trailing behind him were Masato Fernando and JE Inguito (who was also vying for the championship title), Ephraim Onahon and Durraine Dan Carlos – all from the rival team. With this starting position, the rest of the Suzuki-VMan Racing Team – Eane Jaye Sobretodo, Jaypee Obedencio and Josh Tan got ready for an intense race with all their guards up to defend Mascardo while performing well to beat their individual best times.
This is Suzuki’s return on the racetrack after half a decade pause. Suzuki focused in training riders internationally for the past years and now with Suzuki Asian Challenge graduates April King Mascardo and Eane Jaye Sobretodo bringing their learning locally with a clean and powerful performance, the team won with a sweet finish.
The Super Series Nationwide Championships ran on a 6-leg race which kicked off in Carmona followed by races in Davao, Bacolod, Cebu, Antipolo and Manila.