Following a successful debut in the Moto2 World Championship a fortnight ago, Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo are excited to jump back aboard their bikes for the second round held this weekend in Indonesia.
Whilst the MotoGP teams and riders had the opportunity to try the Mandalika track during pre-season testing, the Moto2 participants will be starting from scratch this weekend – levelling the playing field and even giving the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team an advantage. Gonzalez has already ridden at Mandalika before, visiting the track as a part of the 2021 WorldSSP championship. An upgrade in engines further adds to the excitement of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team, who fancy their chances for some championship points.
Gonzalez has fully recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained during the Qatar GP FP3 session. He can‘t wait to give it 100% again and show his full potential.
Kubo is keen to keep up the momentum he gained in Losail. Since winter testing, he has made improvements step by step with the aim to gain as much experience as possible.
The 4.310km Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit was built on Lombok Island. Though the longest straight is only 507m, speed maniacs can still get their kicks at this track. Its lay-out includes 11 right and 6 left corners – many are fast corners, giving the riders plenty of opportunities to overtake.
The Grand Prix of Indonesia is held in the GMT +8 time zone. Moto2's FP1 will take place on Friday afternoon from 09:55 - 10:35, local track time followed by FP2 from 14:10 - 14:50. On Saturday, FP3 will be held from 09:55 - 10:35 and the qualifying sessions from 13:30 - 14:10. On Sunday, the Warm Up is held from 10:20 - 10:30 and the race starts at 13:20.