Full throt­tle, to­tal con­trol

TO­TAL joins the jour­ney of PH’S youngest fe­male mo­tor­sport prodigy.

HWM (Philippines) - - Q+a - By The HWM Team

Con­grat­u­la­tions for be­com­ing the over­all cham­pion of the Heavy­weight B Cat­e­gory at the 2017 Pirelli Philippine Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship! Share with us how did you pre­pare for the chal­lenge?

It was very hard for me know­ing that most of my ri­vals in the com­pe­ti­tion were males. An­other cru­cial fac­tor was the bike I used. Dur­ing the race, I was on a 600cc bike, while oth­ers were us­ing a 1000cc or a 1200cc bike. So for me, it was very hard be­cause I knew that some­one was faster and big­ger than me. How­ever, with the right mind­set and as long as I knew I was do­ing my best, I hoped that some­thing good would hap­pen.

My prepa­ra­tions were nor­mal which in­cluded strength train­ing. Af­ter leav­ing school at 5:12PM, go­ing through traf­fic in Que­zon City, and ar­riv­ing at home around 7:00PM or 8:00PM, I still tried my best to work out be­cause I knew that it was for my own good. Did you ever en­counter wor­ries or have hes­i­ta­tions dur­ing the race? It was hard to dis­re­gard, es­pe­cially when you see that your ri­vals are ac­tu­ally dads and their daugh­ters are al­ready of my age, and their bikes are a lot big­ger than mine. There would be lots of things run­ning on your mind like the thoughts “I might lose” or “I might get em­bar­rassed”. But if you would put those thoughts on your mind, those could hin­der you from do­ing your best, and the feel­ing of fail­ure would not push you to do harder.

But if you would think that you’ll do your best so peo­ple would see that you’re work­ing your butt off, they would never say that you’re join­ing the race just to fin­ish it. Join­ing the race is easy, but fin­ish­ing at Top Three or Top Five is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent mat­ter. I can join a race in other coun­tries and fin­ish among Top Ten or Top Fif­teen, but mak­ing it at Top Five among male ri­vals is dif­fer­ent. At least, I did my best, I did every­thing that I could do, and I won not sim­ply be­cause they let me slip be­cause I’m a lady.

Were there other things that came to your mind dur­ing the race?

Es­pe­cially in my case that I am a stu­dent, when I was about to sit on my bike on the race track, it popped into my head that “Oh my God, I have a school­work to sub­mit be­fore leav­ing at 5:00PM!” Of course, when you are on the race track, you should never think of your home­work and just fo­cus on what you have to do. It is just you, the bike, the race, and the thing that you should do. Apart from your older brother Maico Bun­cio, who is your idol? It would be Valentino Rossi. Peo­ple would say that my an­swer is typ­i­cal. But even dur­ing the time when my older brother Maico Bun­cio was alive, there was al­ready a Valentino Rossi. I got into rac­ing around 2011 or 2012. When Kuya Maico was still alive, I didn’t care too much about rac­ing. But when I my­self started watch­ing Mo­togp, that was the time when I be­gan to ap­pre­ci­ate Rossi.

In spite of the fact that Rossi is the old­est and he eas­ily gets tired, he can still lead the pack and com­pete among 19 or 20 year old rac­ers, while he him­self is al­ready at his 30s. I idol­ize him be­cause of his strength and pas­sion for rac­ing. If I watch a race and he failed to get a po­si­tion, it would be okay. I wouldn’t change my idol, be­cause I knew that at least he did his best.

What is your ad­vice to those peo­ple who would want to be­come a mo­tor­bike racer like you?

If you have a pas­sion, do your best so that peo­ple would never say that you sim­ply want to ride a mo­tor­bike just for fun. If you re­ally want to do it, even if you don’t have enough re­sources, you can do it. And to those girls who would re­ally want to be rac­ers, never let the naysay­ers say “you’re just a girl” or “you are slow”. Prove to them that they are all wrong, be­cause whether you are a man or a woman, all of us have a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor and we can do every­thing that we are ca­pa­ble of. Just fol­low your dream and do what you want. Do not let any­one be­come an ob­sta­cle to your dream.

I am very thank­ful that a huge com­pany like TO­TAL trusted me its name. When you think of TO­TAL Hi-perf mo­tor­cy­cle en­gine oil, you think of it as my spon­sor. The folks at TO­TAL never doubted be­cause I’m a fe­male or I am young. I am thank­ful that they ac­cepted me. Not ev­ery­one gets this kind of op­por­tu­nity.

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