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Double Score for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team in Portimão Restart

Double Score for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team in Portimão Restart

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team scored points with both riders for the first time in the outfit’s debut year. Manuel Gonzalez put in a podium bid today in a seven-lap restart before finishing in fifth place. Keminth Kubo battled to 12th, securing his first ever championship points.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team’s Manuel Gonzalez showed once again that he is indeed a Sunday rider. Steering clear of the chaos in the original Grande Prémio de Portugal Moto2 race, he made the most of the P7 grid opportunity in the restart. He came close to a podium before crossing the finish line in P5. Keminth Kubo made his return to racing after missing the Americas GP in style by scoring his first ever championship points through securing 12th place in a challenging 7-lap restart.

With the original race ending prematurely with 15 laps to go due to sudden rain causing a multiple rider crash in Turn 2, the rookies had their first experience at a Quick Restart Procedure and a sprint race of just 7 laps. Only 18 riders were allowed join the second race after the multiple rider crash, which thankfully had no serious consequences. However, Gonzalez and Kubo needed to put all their efforts into focusing on the restart.

Gonzalez had originally commenced the race from P21. But thanks to a brave fight, he found himself in P7 on the new starting grid. Though he didn’t have the perfect launch off the line, the Spanish talent was quick to recover and crossed the start-finish straight for the first time in fifth place.

It was a perfect set-up for an exciting and educational race experience. He tagged onto the back of the group fighting for the podium with five laps to go. Two laps later, he made his move and temporarily took fourth place. Though he couldn’t hold on to the position and ultimately finished in fifth, the rookie was thrilled to learn from and battle with more experienced riders and being able to overtake them. He took the chequered flag only 3.199s from first.

Kubo had an impressive but difficult Portuguese GP weekend. He had shown great speed in the wet, but a crash in Q2 meant he wasn’t feeling 100% fit today. Still, he decided to ride and also displayed good pace in the dry. Although he had qualified in P18 due to the crash, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team protégé was not out for the count. He was promoted to P16 for the restart thanks to his work in the first race.

The Thai rider shone brightly on his first race day after missing the Americas GP. He was making moves and rode to eleventh place in the opening laps, but lost time as the riders he overtook retaliated. The youngster wasn’t fazed though. He continued his race with a solid rhythm. He put his head down and managed to ride to a positive 12th place, scoring him his first four championship points.

Today’s results put Gonzalez in 17th place in the championship standings with 16 points in total. Keminth Kubo makes his debut in the list in 23rd place with 4 points.
The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team climbs up the score board to 11th place, with 20 points.

The team will be back in action next weekend for the Gran Premio de España at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto in Spain, from April 29-May 1.

Gelete Nieto - Sports Director

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

It’s been a crazy Sunday! The track conditions were uncertain, it was cold, windy, and rainy. Manu’s bike was more or less the same as yesterday. He started the first race well, and he was riding with a fast group. After the red flag, he rejoined the race in 7th position and had a good start again. He spent all 7 laps battling for the podium with very fast riders. He finished in fifth position, and I’m very satisfied with the work he did on the track and with his team. This result is an important boost for the rider and the team, and we know we can stay with the top riders. Until 14:00, we were in doubt if letting Kubo join the race would be the right decision. He was not feeling good due to the big highside he had yesterday, but he decided to try to start the race. I’m happy, he had a good feeling with the bike, he finished in a good position, and that’s great. It’s important for him, it shows he can aspire to scoring good results. I sincerely thank the team for the incredible work they did this weekend. Let’s work for another satisfying Sunday next week in Jerez!

Manuel Gonzalez: P5

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

The truth is that it has been a fantastic Sunday for me, one of the best of my career. I was feeling really good already during Warm Up. I didn’t make a very good lap, but the bike was really good, and I was riding with fast riders. I started the race a bit behind, but I was upping the pace lap by lap. I had the luck that after the red flag I restarted the race from a better position, I was riding with the top riders. I was fast, I was feeling super. That gives me a lot of experience and a craving for more. I can’t wait to ride next week. We know we can compete with the top.

Keminth Kubo: P12

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

I had mixed feelings today. Yesterday I had a big highside, and I had a medical check-up at the hospital. I was declared fit today, but I was not feeling really good. After Warm Up, I took some time to decide if riding was the right choice. But I couldn’t miss this race, for me and for the guys working in the garage. It was the right choice, and after this crazy Sunday, I took my first points in the championship, finishing 12th! I couldn’t be happier! I really thank my team.