TJ Alberto and Access Plus Racing return to winning ways as PSBK reaches halfway point at Clark

Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto took Access Plus Racing back to the top step of the podium after a dominant performance over the weekend. He completed a clean sweep of Qualifying, Race 1, and Race 2 at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) as the 2024 Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) reaches its halfway point.

As his younger brother Troy Alberto is still recovering from injuries sustained at BRC, the older Alberto had to fly the team’s colors solo. Adding to his challenge was the fact that his closest title rival Marvin Mangulabnan on the Aprilia has closed the gap to TJ at the previous round. With these circumstances, Access Plus Racing worked extra hours in testing to develop their Ducati Panigale V4 in preparation for Round 3.

Their efforts were clearly evident as early as Friday Practice where TJ Alberto managed to set a new unofficial lap record around the 4.189 km track, stopping the clock at 1:48.265. He then secured pole in Saturday Qualifying, giving him the best starting position for Sunday’s races.

With the weight of the team’s hopes resting on his shoulders, TJ Alberto got off to a quick getaway in Race 1 as the field funneled into Turn 1. Mangulabnan could only keep up for a number of laps before Alberto on the red #77 Ducati Panigale V4 opened a gap. He got his head down and rode consistent, fast laps and was unchallenged until the chequered flag dropped to take the win with a massive 13.515 secs lead. Alberto also set a new official track record in the process with a 1:48.407 – beating the previous record that he set during the 2023 season finale.

Race 2 was another show of force from Access Plus Racing. It was an easy lights-to-flag victory for TJ Alberto who was in a class of his own all weekend long. This time, he managed to grow his lead to Mangulabnan to 10.803 secs as he pulled a wheelie across the finish line in celebration.

After his pair of wins at CIS, TJ Alberto increases his points lead in the Overall Standings as the 2024 Philippine Superbike Championship (PSBK) returns to the same track on August 3/4. However, it is still uncertain whether his younger brother Troy will be fit enough to race in time for Round 4.

TJ Alberto, #77:

“Super amazing weekend and really good to do the triple. Honestly we didn’t expect it. We knew that there would be tough competition coming into Clark as we had a close race in BRC. That’s why the whole team has been working hard to develop the Ducati Panigale V4 for this race and you can see that we’ve reaped the rewards from testing. Really good to come to the midpoint of the season with a good points lead and looking to improve again for the next round.”