Some 280 participants in the recently concluded SafeRun IV motorcycle competition proved that the keys to optimum motorcycle performance are a well-conditioned motorcycle, good riding skills, and safe riding habits. Billed as “the ultimate safety and fuel efficiency reality challenge,” SafeRun IV is presented by industry leader Petron Corporation as part of its road safety advocacy. Different from the usual motorcycle events promoting endurance competition, SafeRun promotes safe riding including the observance of traffic rules and regulations as well as speed limits, which lead to fuel efficiency.
Categorized according to their motorcycle’s engine displacement, participants are required to cover 600-kilometers, stopping to fuel up at designated Petron stations which also serve as checkpoints. Competitors who log the best fuel efficiency (km/L) for their respective categories are declared winners. Participants who violate traffic rules and speed limits, and fail to arrive at the assigned checkpoint within the required time—whether too early or too late—are given demerit points or may be disqualified altogether.
Taking off from The Laus Group Center in San Fernando, Pampanga on March 9 and finishing on March 10, the top winners in the motorcycle and scooter categories were as follows:
MOTORCYCLE Category Champion Bike Fuel Efficiency
Class 1 100cc-115cc Robby Malapitan Yamaha Sight 115 129.87 km/L
Class 2 116cc-125cc Rommel Enguerra Kawasaki Z125 67.67 km/L
Class 3 126cc-150cc Jun De La Rea Honda CBR150R 103.09 km/L
Class 4 151cc-200cc John Mark Ramirez TVS Apache 200 77.22 km/L
Class 5 201cc-399cc John De La Cruz BMW G310R 58.18 km/L
Class 6 400cc-649cc Jeffrey Ocaya Honda CB500 37.76 km/L
Class 7 650cc-799cc Jerry Dizon BMW X-Country 650 36.86 km/L
Class 8 800cc and up Elizabeth Perez Yamaha Tracer 900 34.13 km/L
SCOOTER Category Champion Bike Fuel Efficiency
Class 1 Scooter 100cc-115cc Jester Carillo Honda Beat 110 89.29 km/L
Class 2 Scooter 116cc-125cc Joel Sulquiano Honda Click 125 68.03 km/L
Class 3 Scooter 126cc-150cc Edmond Navarro Honda Click 150 79.37 km/L
Class 4 Scooter 151cc-200cc Venus Lorena Sibug Yamaha Nmax 155 55.56 km/L
Class 5 Scooter 201cc-399cc Emmanuel Balmes Kymco Xtown 300 39.63 km/L
Class 6 Scooter 400cc and up Oliver Navarro Kymco Xciting 400i 31.97 km/L
According to Petron Local Station Manager Amerlino “Bong” Paguia, himself an avid motorcycle enthusiast, “Through this event, we would like to encourage riders to give due attention to their vehicle’s roadworthiness through proper maintenance which, when combined with good riding skills and observance of traffic rules, leads to both road safety and fuel efficiency. Of course, we also want to prove, through this event, that Petron Sprint motorcycle oils and Petron fuels are the best match to deliver outstanding performance in terms of fuel economy as well as long distance travel.”
Petron Sprint 4T motorcycle oils are designed to meet the unique performance requirements of four-stroke motorcycles. Unlike passenger cars, motorcycle engines require lower oil volume, have higher power output, and operate at higher engine speeds. Petron Sprint 4T oils are formulated with Thermal Control System (TCS) to enhance the oil’s thermal and oxidation stability, which are critical for motorcycle engines due to their unique operational requirements. Meanwhile, Petron fuels deliver the TriAction Advantage, namely better ending protection for longer engine life; better mileage for longer drives; and better power.