Now fully recovered from a shoulder injury sustained at the seasoner opener, Timothy Joseph “TJ” Alberto is now set to make his comeback in the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). The Filipino rider will be Access Plus Racing’s lone entry in ASB1000 as the 2022 season heads to the Sepang International Circuit this weekend.
Access Plus Racing had high hopes coming into the new season after all the hard work they’ve done over the winter break. This was clearly evident in TJ’s lap times at the pre-season test in Thailand, which were already quicker than his previous best on the same circuit. However, the team was left disappointed in Round 1 after another rider collided with TJ on the very first lap, of the very first race, that left him with a fractured collarbone.
Now, they’ll have another shot to show what the Philippine-based team is capable of in Malaysia.
TJ did not just spent the last 2 months in recovery. He was back on his #77 Ducati Panigale V4R in testing as soon as he was given the go ahead by his doctors. The entire team then put in a lot of effort to ensure that he and the bike were back on pace, so that they can fight at the front when the races resume. This time though, TJ will be the lone entry of Access Plus Racing and Ducati Philippines in the ARRC.
Round 2 of the Asia Road Racing Championship will take place this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The first practice sessions start on Friday (May 27), Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday (May 28), and finally Race 2 on Sunday (May 29).
TJ Alberto: “I’m excited to go back to Sepang. I’m fully recovered, feel good, and have been training a lot since the last race. I was able to make good use of the long break to recover from my shoulder injury and the team was hard at work as well preparing for this event. I feel fit and ready to race. I want to make the most out of this weekend for my team and deliver good results.”
Toti Alberto, Team Principal: “Our main focus was to ensure that TJ is 100% heading into Sepang. The recently had held a 2-day test here in the Philippines on the Ducati V4R and we were pleasantly surprised that he’s now back to his race pace. The whole team is confident for the race weekend and we’ll make sure to give TJ the best bike underneath him so he can challenge at the front.”
Access Plus Racing is sponsored by Ducati Philippines, Angkas, Essenza, Frontrow, Katinko, Makati Diamond Residences, Italtrans, Aella, Apex, Extreme Components, Lv8, Macbeth, Ohlins, and STM, with Motoworld and Teagumps.
[Photo courtesy of Pugad Photography]