Across the globe the BMW S 1000 RR is making its presence felt in various national and international racing series, with riders choosing the German-built Superbike to power their championship challenges. With a growing interest for racing among Filipinos, a new BMW Motorrad Racing Team has made a successful debut in the 2015 Philippine Superbike Championship with rider Marvin Mangulabnan at the controls of the RR.
Backed by Asian Carmakers Corporation (the official BMW Motorrad importer and distributor), this latest move is all about building enthusiasm for motorsports and developing awareness of safe riding in the local motoring community. The formidable BMW M5 also had a presence on the track as the official race safety car.
“BMW Motorrad is excited to further inspire the growing interest for racing among Filipinos with the support of the BMW Motorrad RacingTeam,” said ACC President Maricar Parco. “At the same time, we are dedicated to encouraging riders, like Marvin, to take their passion to the racetrack and off the streets to promote road safety across the country.”
Marvin Mangulabnan has already tasted success in the opening round of the 2015 Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) which took place on April 25 to 26 at the Batangas Racing Circuit, some 90 kilometres south of Manila. The 25-year-old finished in second place on a 2015 BMW S 1000 RR behind Raniel Resuelo of Ducati and in front of KTM's Anthony Roman.
“This was a great start for BMW considering Marvin only started practicing with the RR two weeks ago,” said Gil Balderas, ACC's Deputy Sales Director. “This is BMW Motorrad Philippines' first time to join the PSBK, which only started four years ago. There are five more races this season, so we’re all supporting Marvin’s race efforts and hoping for continued success for him on the RR.”
Marvin Mangulabnan only started racing in 2008 at the age of 18 on small-capacity (115cc/125cc) bikes, but soon proved his potential. In 2009, he became the Novice and Intermediate class champion in the 115cc and 125cc categories. In 2010 he became 115, 125 and 150cc expert class champion. Two years later, having moved on to 600cc race bikes, he finished second overall in the PSBK, using a Yamaha R6. In 2013, Marvin became PSBK Intermediate Champion on an Aprilia RSV4 and last year he was the PSBK's first wet race champion. Now, having signed for 2015 as BMW Motorrad Philippines' official rider, he’ll be returning to the Batangas circuit on 23 and 24 May in pursuit of his first race victory on the RR. We wish him and the team the very best of luck.