Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Kohta Nozane are gearing up for the last Asian GP of the 2023 Moto2 World Championship, the Grand Prix of Malaysia. As both riders have experience at the Sepang International Circuit, the teammates are fancying their chances of good results.
Gonzalez has used the one-week break to regain some energy for the final sprint to the end of the 2023 Moto2 season. He holds eighth in the championship standings and is feeling ready for the next challenge, which happens to be staged at one of Manugasss‘ favourite tracks. The Spaniard took a liking to the Malaysian circuit last year. He finished fifth in 2022 and is keen to do better this time round.
Nozane is also determined to make his final three rounds with Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp memorable. He is familiar with the Sepang track thanks to his previous testing experience with the YZF-R1 bike at this circuit. The foreknowledge has the Japanese rider feeling positive heading into Round 18.
The Sepang International Circuit staged its first Grand Prix in 1999 and has been on the MotoGP calendar ever since. The 5.5 km track has a reputation for providing very exciting racing thanks to a mixture of slow and medium to high-speed corners (five left and ten right) and two long straights, the longest measuring 920m. The circuit is also one of the longest tracks of the Moto2 season, and the riders have to negotiate it in extremely hot and humid conditions, making this GP extra challenging.
The Grand Prix of Malaysia is held in the GMT +8 time zone. P1 will take place on Friday from 09:50 - 10:30 local track time and P2 from 14:05 - 14:45. On Saturday, P3 will be held from 09:25 - 09:55, and the qualifying sessions from 13:45 - 14:25. On Sunday, the Race starts at 13:15.