Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Kohta Nozane are gearing up for the first of the Asian overseas races of the 2023 Moto2 World Championship, the Grand Prix of India. As the Buddh International Circuit is a new addition to the calendar, the duo are all the more eager for the start of P1 on Friday morning.
Gonzalez finished an otherwise strong San Marino GP weekend in seventh place in the Race due to problems with his right arm. Having received medical treatment ahead of this round, he feels ready to tackle a new challenge. Known to be able to adapt quickly to circuits he never rode at before, Manugasss is excited to see what he can achieve this weekend, as he hopes to move up from P10 in the championship standings.
Nozane wrapped up the Race in Misano with a healthy amount of extra confidence and experience under his belt. He is determined to make good use of it this weekend as he will venture out into unknown territory again at the Buddh International Circuit. He is especially curious to see how much speed he can gain on the long straight of this spectacular circuit.
Though only added to the Moto2 calendar this year, the Buddh International Circuit was officially inaugurated on 18 October 2011. It‘s situated in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. The current FIM track layout consists of 4.96km, with 8 right and 5 left corners, noticeable changes in elevation, and a very long main straight of 1.006km. As none of the Moto2 riders have previous experience at this circuit on an intermediate class bike, the fans can look forward to a level playing field as they start the Indian GP P1 session on Friday morning.
The Grand Prix of India is held in the GMT +5:30 time zone. An extra-long P1 will take place on Friday from 10:05 - 11:00 local track time and the longer P2 will be held from 14:20 - 15:15. On Saturday, P3 will be held from 09:55 - 10:25, and the qualifying sessions from 14:15 - 14:55. On Sunday, the Race starts at 13:45.