Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp are thrilled at the prospect of having their original 2023 riders, Manuel Gonzalez and Kohta Nozane, back together in the garage again for the Grand Prix de France weekend.
Gonzalez is feeling more motivated than ever to make a strong comeback at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit. After a difficult Spanish GP but a very positive Jerez Test where he was the sole rider for Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, he is feeling confident that his findings will help him fight for more championship points this weekend. He currently holds 10th place in the overall standings.
Nozane suffered a crash in Round 1 and sustained a back injury that prohibited him from taking part in the first four GPs. The team wholly supported the Japanese rider to take his time to fully recover before making his highly anticipated comeback. On Thursday, Nozane will have a physical check-up to assess if he is fit to race. Though delighted at the thought of being reunited with the team and his bike, Nozane wants to start the weekend sensibly by gradually building up confidence and speed again.
The Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit was built in 1965, just a few kilometres from the city of Le Mans. MotoGP made its first visit to the iconic French track in the late sixties, and it remained a fixture until 1996. After some safety modifications, the 4.2km-long circuit was added back to the calendar in 2000. Its layout of five left and nine right corners places the emphasis on late braking, hard acceleration, and rear-end traction, which makes for some great battles.