Mckinley Kyle Paz of YAMAHA TEKHNE Racing Team ASIA achieved a historic feat by clinching third in Race 2 of the SuperSports 600cc category in Round 1, IDEMITSU FIM Asia Road Racing Championship held at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

Stunning game. Robust moves. Despite the red flag, Kyle’s determination was not deterred by the slash in the number of laps as he went on to cast the net for a podium finish. The Filipino rider showcased excellent sportsmanship when he battled the final two laps with his closest contender before going on full throttle at the last turn towards a blistering end to the game. Kyle rejoiced in the celebration of being the first ever Philippines rider to make it to the podium in the SS600 race category. This achievement was not only a personal triumph for him but also a significant milestone for Philippines motorcycle racing in the Asian domain.

Bold in his moves, Kyle is known for his charisma on track. Aside to this significant achievement, he has also gained numerous accolades in the racing scene. In 2019, Kyle hailed as the Champion of the Underbone 150cc race category in ARRC before embarking on his journey in the highly competitive CEV Moto2 series. Undoubtedly, Kyle is one-of-a-kind, capable of not just adapting but producing remarkable results.

Kyle shared his overwhelming emotions, stating, “I couldn’t believe I would make it to the podium considering other riders of great calibre. When I realized that I did it, I felt a burst of joy and tears of happiness knowing that finally, I’m back in the winning circle.”

“Before, I’ve only dreamt of representing Philippines in SS600. Being a racer in this category was already a dream come true, but finishing podium, to me it was like an envoy telling everyone that the Filipinos are here. We can fight with the best, not only me but with my co-Filipino racers competing for our flag,” he passionately expressed.

Kyle added, “The lessons I’ve learned that really helped me to reach this milestone: First, to have discipline in everything. Second is to stay focused on my goal or what I want to accomplish third is to be dedicated in whatever I do and the lastly, the power of prayers, just like how my fellow Filipinos prayed for me.”

“We felt very happy to bring trophies back home, as this battle is for our country. A very big thanks to the people who have taken their time to welcome us with a celebration; they are our fuel to take us to the next battle. They inspire us to win and this is our way of rewarding them in the way we can. They are our pillar of strength and without these people and their endless supports, we couldn’t have made it,”