Clean Sweep For TJ Alberto At Clark International Speedway
It was another gentleman’s set for TJ Alberto in the latest round of the Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK), the defending champion taking pole position before romping to two convincing race wins and two fastest laps at the Clark International Speedway.
Winning margins of more than five seconds in both races cement TJ atop the points standings, giving him and the Access Plus Racing Ducati squad huge confidence for the remaining races and the run in to what could be a historic third consecutive title!
TJ leads the 2023 overall points standings by twelve points ahead of the next round at BRC.
“Another race weekend in the books. This time it was round four of the championship at Clark International and it was the second race for us with the new V4R Panigale after we got the upgrades after the break. Having more time on the bike was good as we found more improvements and we were able to make me much more comfortable in the test we had before the event. Pirelli also supplied the new SCX tyre which was another exciting change within the series. There was a storm on Thursday and Friday but on Saturday, but I was able to find a good setting with the tyre and qualify on Pole below the current track record. Sunday was over thirty-three degrees, and the stage was set for two hot races. I slotted into second in race one before making the pass for the lead on lap three. The track conditions were tricky, and I had to manage the tyres. I pushed hard towards the end and at the flag had opened a gap of more than six seconds. It was even hotter for race two. I made a good start and was second again but moved into the lead earlier than in race one. I made a small mistake and lost the lead but was able to close the gap and was able to retake P1. I pulled a gap of over five seconds, and it was a really satisfying weekend. We move to BRC and Batangas and I am looking forward to seeing how the Ducati V4R handles there. We have a twelve-point advantage which is important but it’s far from over!”