The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team had been looking forward to today’s Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich Moto2 race as both their rookie riders had made some good set-up progress leading up to the race. However, in the span of a mere two laps their hopes of scoring points this weekend were dashed when Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo crashed on lap 7 and lap 6 respectively.
Gonzales knew he had work to do starting from P26 and would have to use the ever busy and chaotic opening lap of a Moto2 race to his advantage. He briefly ran in 17th place on the opening lap, before settling in 18th. The Spaniard kept on fighting though, challenging Barry Baltus ahead of him. But a small crash in Turn 2 ended his run.
Starting from P28, Kubo was keen to make up ground fast, but contact with another rider at the new Sector-1 chicane on the opening lap forced him to go straight on onto the run-off area. He fell back to P30 but was soon back up to speed. The Thai rider started gaining positions. He was in P26 at the start of lap 6 and gaining speed when it all went wrong for him in Turn 4. A collision with Sean Dylan Kelly ended his race early.
Today’s results see Gonzalez stay in 16th place in the championship standings with 44 points. Keminth Kubo keeps his 28th place with 4 points. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team also remain in 11th position, with 57 points.
The team will be back in action on 2-4 Sept for Round 14 of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship, held at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.