May 6, 2019 Australia. Philippine team riders, Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto and Jonathan Serrapica put on a strong performance at The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia where they landed valuable point-scoring positions in the ASB1000 category during Round 2 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). The two riders were riding their Ducati Panigale V4Rs under the Access Plus Racing–Ducati Philippines–Essenza Racing Team. Lessons learned from the curtain raiser at Sepang, Malaysia allowed the Filipinos to make adjustments to their pair of flagship Ducati superbikes. Despite running on a new unfamiliar circuit, their hard work resulted in Alberto securing the tenth position at the starting grid (P10) and Serrapica capturing P14 during the Qualifying sessions.
Race 1 on Saturday saw both Philippine team riders get off to a clean start as they made their way through a chaotic first corner. Amidst the tussle, Alberto fell back to P11 but regained the positions lost as he hustled his way through the field and made it as high as P9. However, the mid-race charge took its toll on his tires that forced him to slow down and miss a possible Top 10 finish. Alberto finished in 11th place while Serrapica followed behind in 14th. Australian Bryan Staring (No. 60) of the Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team won the the race on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
Good track conditions continued into the following day for Race 2 on Sunday as the team hoped to maximize the Panigale V4R’s performance in the cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, Alberto’s race ended prematurely on the first corner when another rider crashed right in front of him. Serrapica finished in 14th place to wrap up their race weekend. Australian, Broc Parkes, riding the No. 23 Yamaha R1 of the Yamaha Racing Team Asean won Race 2 and emerged as the points leader in the championship with 72 points.
With the points both riders collected in Australia, TJ Alberto is now 10th overall with 24 points while Jonathan Serrapica holds the 13th spot with 13 points. Both riders are hopeful to move up the rankings as the ARRC heads to Round 3 on May 31-June 2 at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.Team Access Plus Racing–Ducati Philippines–Essenza is sponsored by the Access Plus Group, Ducati Philippines, Essenza, AELLA, Dickies Philippines, Öhlins Philippines, Century Hotel Angeles City, LV8, and Pradera Verde.