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California Superbike School 2016

Before, Filipino riders had to go to the United States to have a taste of the prestigious California Superbike School (CSS). But in the last two years, Australia-based CSS instructors, led by Steve Brouggy, have been training superbike enthusiasts on Philippine shores.

This time, BMW Motorrad Philippines is sending three lucky Pinoys to a CSS training center in any part of the world as a bonus for participating in this year’s training event scheduled on Feb. 5-7 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

During the launch of the 2016 CSS at the BMW Autohaus in Libis, Quezon City last week, Gil Balderas, deputy sale director of Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC)-BMW and general manager of BMW Motorrad Philippines, announced that they are raffling two “all expenses paid” slots for lucky participants who bought brand new BMW S1000RR super sports bikes for this year’s riding training program.

BMW S1000RR units to serve as training bikes for CSS.

BMW S1000RR units to serve as training bikes for CSS.

ACC-BMW President Maricar Cristobal-Parco also graced the launching ceremony.

Balderas said the raffle prize includes a free plane ticket, bike use on the track, and four-night hotel accommodation. The third slot goes to a lucky media participant. Balderas is eyeing either California or New Jersey as training venues for the three riders.

In cooperation with Tuason Racing School (TRS), helmed by JP Tuason, BMW Motorrad Philippines is continuing CSS. A total of 54 slots were made available for this year’s CSS, a step-by-step bike racing skills program founded by motorbike racing guru Keith Code in 1976.

In his speech during the launch event, Tuason bared that TRS is planning to bring CSS to Indonesia late this year or 2017.

“I myself took the school the same time last year. It was an awesome experience, an eye opener,” says Tuason, who used to have a phobia of motorbikes.

In lieu of the increasing number of participants, Balderas said they have doubled the number of BMW training bikes from seven in the 2015 program to 14 for this year’s event.

Participants may use other brands as well for the CSS training.