Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez gained 12 positions in today‘s Monster Energy British Grand Prix Moto2 race, taking fifth across the finish line. Kohta Nozane was excited to complete his first race of the 2023 season and took the chequered flag in 22nd place.
Gonzalez had a stunning first lap. Whilst chaos unfolded further down in the field, the number-18 rider was on a charge. He had started the 17-lap race from 17th on the grid but completed the opening lap in 10th. Feeling confident in the dry conditions, the Spaniard wrestled himself into eighth but then had to close a gap of almost 1.5s. It looked a daunting task, but Manugasss was determined. Carrying serious speed, he overtook Tony Arbolino on lap 9. As Alonso Lopez had crashed out that same lap, the Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp rider was up to sixth place. Soon a four-rider group fighting for fourth started to form. Gonzalez was in the middle of the action and rallied to fifth place. He kept the pressure on Joe Roberts until the very end, but ultimately held fifth across the finish line.
Nozane started from P27 and was lucky to avoid the on-track collision in the opening sector. With a total of five riders out on the first lap, the Japanese settled into 23rd place. Though it was a rather lonely experience for the number-5 rider, he was pushing 100% and got into a rhythm at the, for him new, Silverstone track. With two riders retiring from the race in the first eight laps and having passed Izan Guevara, Nozane was in 21st place for a large part of the race but finished 22nd as the Spaniard retaliated in the final stages.
Today‘s result means Gonzalez now has 63 points and is in 10th place in the championship standings. Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 stays in 8th in the team championship, also with 63 points.
Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will be back in action at the Silverstone track tomorrow for a one-day IRTA Moto2 & Moto3 Test.