Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez secured his third front-row start of the 2023 Moto2 season on the Grand Prix of Malaysia Saturday. An early hot lap earned him third place on the grid. Kohta Nozane also booked progress on the second day of riding at the Sepang International Circuit. He took part in the Q1 session this afternoon and took 28th place on the grid.
Gonzalez was quickly up to speed in Q2. A 2‘05.815s on lap 2 briefly put him in second place before settling into third. Unable to better his time on his next try, the Spaniard quickly headed into pit lane. With six minutes remaining, he resumed his qualifying efforts. Though he didn‘t improve on his next three tries, the earlier lap was fast enough to keep him in third place.
Nozane‘s objective for the Saturday was to make another step. He took part in the afternoon‘s 15-minute Q1 session, and his benchmark lap held him in tenth place for a while. He put his head down as the times quickened, but the Japanese rider didn‘t find a time improvement. His 2‘07.377s, set on lap 2/7 had him take 14th place in the Q1 rankings and puts him in 28th place on the grid for tomorrow‘s Malaysian GP.
The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp duo will be back in action tomorrow at 13:15 local track time (GMT +8) for the race.