Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Manuel Gonzalez once again showed his talent in today‘s Grand Prix of The Americas Moto2 race. The Circuit of The Americas is physically extremely demanding and lured many riders into making mistakes, but the rookie was not one of them. With great maturity, focus, and determination he took a 13th place finish, his second consecutive championship points earning result in his and the team‘s debut season.
Gonzalez was pushed wide in the tight first corner, but still managed to hold on to his 23rd-place starting position. Soon the Spaniard started to gain momentum. Skilfully navigating his way through the chaotic opening sectors that had multiple riders running wide or crashing out, the Spaniard completed the first lap in 17th place.
He ultimately settled in 18th as he started to get into a steady rhythm and successfully defended his position from veteran riders behind him. With two riders crashing out ahead of him, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team youngster moved up to 16th position. Tantalisingly close to scoring championship points again, Gonzalez focused on his mission to ride a steady race. The strategy worked: by lap 8 he was in 15th place and in the points.
At that time Manugass was on a roll. With brilliant overtakes on Filip Salac and Romano Fenati on lap 12 and 13, he moved up to 13th. Feeling ambitious, the number-18 rider then fixed his eyes on Albert Arenas but was unable to fully bridge the gap. Despite losing a position to Marcos Ramirez on the last lap, a late crasher saw Gonzalez still take the chequered flag in 13th place. It is his and the team‘s best result so far in the Moto2 World Championship and all the more impressive after a challenging Americas GP weekend.
Today‘s results put Gonzalez in 20th place in the championship standings with 5 points in total. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team features on the score board in 14th place, also with 5 points.
The team will be back in action in two weeks‘ time at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve for the Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal.