Proving that he is one of the country’s best young racers on two wheels.
Team Sharp Philippines/Honda Philippines Inc.’s Alfonsi Rei Santos-Daquigan pulled off back-to-back wins in Round 5 of the 2022 Petron National Motorcycle Racing Championships’ (MORAC) SuperSport 155 category at the Batangas Racing Circuit right on his 13th birthday on Oct 2.
Coming off a similar winning romp in Round 4, Daquigan continued his hot streak in the fifth leg as he emerged overall back-to-back champion of Races 1 and 2 following impressive wins over eventual runner-up Joseph Dominique Purino and third placer Justine Bethany Tolentino.
“This Round 5 win was very special for me because it was my birthday. It was another big boost for me and I would say this was my favorite out of all of the past wins, ” said the Golden Values School-Novaliches student, whose best lap time was 2:01.095.
Daquigan, who is backed by Sharp Philippines, Honda Philippines Inc., Gulf Oil Philippines, KCT sprockets, Pocari Sweat PH, Zeneos PH, Don’t Blame the Kids Apparel Co. and Light Vision Films, is a living proof that most of racing champions are born.
Son of a former racer and nephew of Asian Filipino vintage car racing titlist, Daquigan actually was in front of the grid with four laps to go, but committed a mistake that cost him two seconds.
“But I managed to get the fastest lap of the race trying to catch up to the leading pack with two laps to go. Entering the last lap, I closed the gap and at the last lap’s turn 3, I overtook both of them (Purino and Tolentino), but on to the backstretch they got me again. But entering the last turn, I got them back and then got the win,” narrated Daquigan, whose father Dannie, a former racer, is the twin brother of Dexter, a multi-titled Classic Aspirated Cup Series champion.
It was practically the same script in Race 2, where his rivals got at him exiting the chicane.
“Entering the last turn, I was still second, but then I got a very good exit at the last turn which gave me enough speed for the straight, where I managed to get him for the win,” excitedly said Daquigan.
The four-time TRS champion Daquigan was already a many-time champion at a young age.
In 2017, an 8-year-old Daquigan displayed his motorsports genes when he emerged champion of the Daijiro Cup West Japan Minibike Championship’s Novice Class at the Ikoma Racing Circuit in Osaka Japan in the Bambino Class, a feat he will repeat the following year, this time in the Intermediate Class.
His motorsports journey has led to the MORAC, the next round of which is on Nov. 12 and 13, and the TRS, which will have its next stop on Oct. 22 and 23 in Tarlac.
“Hopefully, we will stay like this (winning) and I am more than confident that I will win this next upcoming rounds,” said Daquigan, who thanked his parents, sponsors and team members. “Please know, your support has helped me not to give up. I will continue to be persistent and eventually do what I set out to do.”