The Underbone 150 riders are gearing up to do battle once again after a break that had lasted for almost three months.

At the season opener in Sepang, Filipino duo McKinley Kyle Paz and team mate Fernando Masato took the underbone racing world by storm when they bagged a win each to lead the class into Round 3. Together, the two riders delivered a dream start for debutant outfit, the UMA Racing Yamaha Philippine Team. The 4.554km Chang International Circuit was the venue where Kyle first stepped into the ARRC spotlight when he scored a third place podium finish as a wildcard in 2018.

Affendi Rosli of Team One For All

The Malaysian contingent would be raring for a chance to make up for a disappointing Round 1. Of the 30 riders scheduled to start the UB150 race in Thailand, 14 Malaysian riders make up almost half of the grid. Wily campaigner Mohd Affendi Rosli will be leading the troops. Affendi finished second and eighth in the first leg, enough to put a smile back on the face of Team One For All principal, Youichi Ui.

The former MotoGP rider had had a bad start to the season when his team truck was stolen in Japan, along with almost all of his operational assets. Despite the challenges, the determined racing outfit was still able to put their best foot forward with Affendi managing a podium and Peerapong Luiboonpeng consistent among the top five. At the Chang International Circuit this coming week, Peerapong will be the only Thai rider in the Underbone class.

Wawan Wello of SND Factory Racing Rapido

While the anticipated battle between the Filipino and Malaysian riders take up the bulk of everyone’s attention, an Indonesian renaissance may be in the making in the Underbone class. Wawan Wello, now with the SND Factory Racing Rapido team, holds the lap record at the 4.5km Chang International Circuit. Wawan was the only rider to lap below the 2 minute mark last year. The time to beat, set by Wawan, is 1’59.998s.

Wahyu Aji Trilaksana of ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team

2016 Underbone champion Wahyu Aji Trilaksana will also be looking to make an impact in Buriram. Wahyu secured an eleventh-hour slot with burgeoning team ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team just days ahead of the season opener. Currently 10th in the standings, Wahyu will need to bring his A-game to the second round.