On December 7 and 8, 2012, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. (YMPH) held the "9th YAMAHA ASEAN CUP RACE" at a specially prepared course at a shopping mall in the city of Santa Rosa on the outskirts of metropolitan Manila. It was the historic first hosting of the event in the Philippines. Over the two days, some 20,000 spectators came to watch the exciting action in the aggressive racing that played out on the tight, technical race course.
This time, the event was competed by teams of riders selected from national qualifiers in the five countries of the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand with special entries from Japan, bringing the total number of competitors to 45. In order to encourage wider appreciation of motorcycles and racing and to nurture talented young riders, the event was competed in the MT (manual transmission) Class and AT (automatic transmission) Class, with each run in a two-heat race format.
When the racing was over, the victors in both classes were 15-year-old, first-time YAMAHA ASEAN CUP RACE competitors, one from Indonesia and the other from Thailand. The overall team championship went to the Thai team, which dominated the newly introduced AT Class. This was the fourth overall win for Thailand in the event's nine holdings to date.