Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Kasma Daniel found the first two riding sessions of the Gran Premio d‘Italia hard work but rewarding overall. A crash in P2 didn‘t slow Gonzalez down. He achieved his goal of staying within the top-14, setting the 11th fastest time of the day. Daniel also suffered a crash in Turn 1 in the afternoon, but overall gained good experience and confidence on the bike, ending the day in 31st position.
Gonzalez had a solid morning session at the Mugello track. He adores the flowing Tuscan hills and the track lay-out, but it does make for hard work both in the garage and out on track to get the setting and the riding style perfectly suited. Manugass spent most of P1 in 11th place, but ultimately ended in 13th position in the timesheets with a 1‘51.961s set on lap 13/17.
The Spaniard didn‘t have the start to P2 he wanted. A crash in Turn 1 early on in the session cost him valuable time. But unharmed and perfectly capable to continue, Gonzalez got the bike back to the garage. With over 24 minutes remaining, a red-flag situation bought him some extra time. When the session restarted, the number-18 rider was ready to go again, and he improved. He set a best time of 1‘51.884s, on lap 9/11, which put him in 6th place in the P2 results and 11th in the combined rankings.
Daniel had his work cut out for him in P1, getting to grips with the 2023 Moto2 bike and the Mugello Circuit, which is new to him. The Malaysian rider was highly motivated to get to work. He put in 15 laps and set his best time of the morning session on his penultimate try. His 1‘55.240s put him in 31st place.
The replacement rider was pushing in the afternoon. Unfortunately, he too got caught out in Turn 1. However, in his case it was after the red-flag situation. The number-27 rider was okay to continue without injuries, but he was unable to bring the bike back to the garage. This meant he couldn‘t push for a hot lap in the final stages of the session, so his morning time remains his best time of the day, keeping him in 31st place.