Bun­cio zooms to su­per­bikes his­tory

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Jacq Bun­cio of Suzuki-Wheel­tek Rac­ing Team, pow­ered by To­tal Phils., made his­tory by clinch­ing the first-ever Rookie Cat­e­gory of the Philip­pine Su­per­bikes (PSBK) Na­tional Cham­pi­onships Sun­day at the Clark In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

The 18-year-old Jacq, the youngest in the grid, scored 37.5 (pre-fi­nal) and 33 (fi­nal) to win the best rookie ti­tle with 308.5 points, ce­ment­ing her sta­tus as the fastest lady rider in the coun­try to­day. Run­ner-up BJ Ang fin­ished with 168 points.

Jacq, us­ing a Suzuki GSX-R1000R, also emerged first run­ner-up of the Pirelli Cup af­ter a close en­counter with strong com­peti­tor Po­cholo Panlilio in the se­ries com­posed of six-leg races run­ning un­der the 2018 Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Cham­pi­onships. She even fin­ished in the top five among her ex­pert and mas­ter con­tenders.

“I am hum­bled with all the sup­port and love ev­ery­one has given to me for the whole sea­son. No words can ex­plain the hard­ships I’ve gone through for the past 7 months of rac­ing, but nev­er­the­less the sea­son was filled with lessons which I can use for fu­ture races,” said Jacq, also backed by To­tal HiPerf, KYT Hel­met, Amaron Bat­ter­ies, SSS Sprocket and Chains, SEC Mo­to­sup­ply, Augi Rac­ing Boots, Galfer Brakes and G4 Buko Pan­dan.

“To my fam­ily for al­ways be­ing my num­ber one fan, spe­cially mommy and daddy for al­ways hav­ing my back and help­ing me bounce back from the bot­tom. To kuya Dashi Watan­abe, you never doubted my ca­pa­bil­i­ties in rac­ing and I want to thank the whole Watan­abe Rac­ing Devel­op­ment for ac­cept­ing me with open arms. And fi­nally, thank you Lord for keep­ing me safe,” Jacq added.

Mean­while, Jacq’s sis­ter Des Bun­cio, who used the only 600cc 2007 model ma­chine against bikes with big­ger en­gines, made it a Sis­ters’ Act by win­ning the Pirelli Cup Heavy­weight B ti­tle.

“I was afraid that I won’t be able to get enough points for the over­all cham­pi­onship be­cause of my leg in­jury dur­ing the fifth leg in Batan­gas. The fi­nal round came and maybe the Lord worked His magic be­cause I was not able to train with my con­di­tion the whole month, all I did was to rest, find new hob­bies that weren’t phys­i­cally de­mand­ing and pray I can re­cover soon. I placed third dur­ing fi­nal leg but earned huge points from the start of the sea­son with 189 over­all points and still putting me as the 2018 Heavy­weight B over­all cham­pion,” said Des, who is also backed by To­tal Ex­cel­lium, HJC Hel­mets, OZ Rac­ing Ap­par­els, Black Mamba en­ergy drink, SSS Sprocket and Chains, AUGI Rac­ing Boots and SEC Mo­to­sup­ply.

The suc­cess of Jacq and Des Bun­cio goes along­side the big re­turn of Suzuki on the su­per­bikes rac­ing scene with one of its top deal­ers Wheel­tek Mo­tor Sales Cor­po­ra­tion. The part­ner­ship be­tween

Jacq Bun­cio in the PSBK Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. these three strong names in the coun­try’s mo­tor­ing scenes aims to con­tinue the un­fin­ished busi­ness of the late and leg­endary Maico Bun­cio, one of the most dec­o­rated and fastest rid­ers that the Philip­pines has ever seen.

“Not even in my wildest imag­i­na­tion that these two girls of mine will achieve this level in this kind of sport,” said Yoy­ong Bun­cio, the father of Jacq and Des. “Af­ter what had hap­pened to their brother, Maico a multi-awarded mo­tor­sport ath­lete in our coun­try, Jacq started rac­ing in scooter, un­der­bone, back­bone and now in su­per­bikes.”

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