Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. continues to share global racing excellence in the local circuits of the Philippines. The latest offering to the country is the arrival of the all new YZF-R15; a re-mastered version of its predecessor made more efficient in speed and style.
In true racing fashion the launch was done at the Carmona Racing Circuit for an exciting event called the R-Day. Only the 2nd edition of its kind, the occasion offered exclusive opportunities for those in attendance. A special racing clinic was held by Yamaha Riding Academy Executive Instructor, Yoshiaki Kato for a group of 45 riders who used the all new YZF-R15. That batch also included Media Guests that had their turn on the track as well. After the test ride, there was a fun race for the Clinic participants and the Media.
The official launch happened right on the start/finish line where Yamaha Ambassador Gab Valenciano rode the all new YZF-R15 alongside racing stalwarts Masato Fernando and Kyle Paz. After taking the machine for a spin in its debut, Gab talked about the reliability and quality of the new motorcycle.
Then it was time for a true test of the all new YZF-R15 in exhibition match that was composed of all star riders. Aside from Fernando and Paz they were joined by James Mendez,Romer Corbe,Vrei Ar Suba,Herbert Lopez,J.E Inguito,Aljon Valencia,Rizaldy Canare,Tracy Soyangco,McDon Sande,Niel Jan Centeno ,R.R Espiritu, Jacq Buncio, and Bethany Tolentino. A thrilling match was witnessed between the best riders in the country as they excelled beyond their usual limits with the upgrades that made the all new YZF-R15 more aerodynamic, quicker, and technologically advanced. It was a tight race between “The Chairman” Masato Fernando and 15 year old sensation Kyle Paz but the latter had to retire from the race after an unfortunate spill he took on the back end of the race that yielded the victory to the younger Paz.
This arrival re-ignites the dominance of the R-Series and is a statement to why Blu is Fast; a testament that is worn by Yamaha’s MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. The all new YZF-R15 has an SRP of 164,000 and comes in Race Blu, Raven Black, and Matter Red. Available in all Yamaha 3S Shops and Multi-brand stores Nationwide.
Clinic Fun Race Winners
1st – Angelo Portal – (total time) 7:36.387
2nd – Emmanuel Balmes – (total time) 7:40.261
3rd – Laude Cabahug – (total time) 7:53.180
Media Fun Race Winners
1st – Michael Segui (Motorcycle Magazine) – 4:56.366
2nd – Emman Balmes (Motorsiklo News) – 4:58.045
3rd – Philip Bonza (Inside Racing) – 5:11.689
All Star Race (Set A)
1st – Kyle Paz – 10:21.674
2nd – Tracy Soyangco – 10:28.053
3rd – J.E. Inguito – 10:28.559
All Star Race (Set B )
1st – RR Espiritu – 10:42.090
2nd – Neil Jan Centeno – 10:46.887
3rd – Justinne Bethany Tolentino – 10:55.806