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Gonzalez and Kubo to Start From P15 & P27 in the British GP

Gonzalez and Kubo to Start From P15 & P27 in the British GP

Moto2-rookie Manuel Gonzalez showed great speed in today’s Monster Energy British Grand Prix Moto2 Q1 session. He promoted to Q2 and secured 15th place on the grid. Yamaha VR46 Master Camp teammate Keminth Kubo’s hard work resulted in encouraging progress over the course of Day 2 at the Silverstone Circuit. He will start tomorrow’s race from P27.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team’s Manuel Gonzalez battled his way through Q1 to secure 15th in Q2 of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix. Keminth Kubo turned a difficult morning into a positive afternoon on Day 2 at the Silverstone Circuit. He will start tomorrow’s race from 27th place.

Gonzalez breezed through the Q1 session with an impressive 2’04.778s, set on lap 4/7. The lap kept him in first place until the chequered flag came out. Only one rival was able to beat his time while the Spaniard was already back in the box preparing for Q2, so he ended the session in second place with a 0.118s-margin to first.

Keen to make the most of his Q2 entry, Manugasss went full throttle again in the second 15-minute session. Though not as fast as in Q1, he squeezed out a 2’05.090s on lap 4/6. He finished in 15th place, 0.987s from first.

Kubo had struggled in the FP3 session to find a good pace but put in the necessary work with his team to boost his performance in the afternoon. He found 1.6s on track in the Q1 session. He ultimately secured 13th place, 2’06.441s set on lap 4/7. His new personal best time at Silverstone earned him 27th position on the grid.

Gelete Nieto

Sports Director

"We had a positive day on Manu's side of the garage. Q1 has been really good, Manu's fastest lap was great. He was understanding the track better. Q2 was more difficult, but we know we are fast, and we are feeling really positive for tomorrow. Manu and his team are working very well together. He’s a good student. He’s always asking questions and listening to his crew in order to improve himself. That’s a sign of big maturity and resilience.Kubo worked a lot today. His lap time in the afternoon was 1.6s faster than in the morning. That’s positive, but we need to understand why he can’t be more constant during the weekend."

Manuel Gonzalez - P15 (2’05.090)

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"We found something good to work on today. During FP3, I struggled to go as fast as I wanted. I knew that in Q1 I had the possibility to improve, so we changed some small things in the settings and I felt fast from the start. It worked really well. In Q2, the lap time was not as good as it was in the previous session, but we know we have a pace to fight for the top 10 tomorrow."

Keminth Kubo - P27 (2’06.441)

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"This morning I tried to change my riding style in order to have a good lap time. Unfortunately, I couldn't achieve my objective. But we collected good data, so we were able to work on the bike with an increased understanding of how we could improve it. During the qualifying, I was pushing really hard, and I greatly improved my pace and lap times. That motivates me a lot. Now we know how to work on the bike and on my riding style. I'm feeling positive for tomorrow!"