March 12, 2019






The Philippines is well represented at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship with Masato Fernando and McKinley Kyle Paz leading the charge. After being selected as wildcard entries last season, they’re now officially part of the entire season for the 150cc category. A first for Yamaha Racing in the Philippines. Partnering with UMA Racing, a top brand for performance parts in Malaysia, and Racing Boy, the two Filipinos had a roaring start.


Paz immediately made his presence felt on the first day of practice at the Sepang International Circuit where he placed second among all riders. “The Chairman” Fernando wouldn’t be outdone with a qualifying place of 4th entering race day. Using the Sniper 150, also known as the King of the Street back home, it is the perfect tool for the conquest of dominance 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.


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 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.


Masato Fernando was defiant to the end, he put himself in a good spot heading into the next race and earned precious points by picking 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 2. Kyle will look for an elusive repeat against strong roster of rivals now gunning for him. The Philippine contingent also earned the best team award for this race and will do everything to prepare for another grueling round against Asia’s best to keep our flag at the top of the ARRC.


The 2nd race is literally just around the corner and we’re ready to see what UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines team is about to do.


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