Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Kohta Nozane had a solid opening day at Round 15 of the 2023 Moto2 World Championship in Indonesia. Gonzalez topped the morning session and went on to set the fourth fastest time in the afternoon. Nozane had his best Moto2 session in the morning, taking 13th place. However, he didn‘t find the pace he was looking for in the afternoon and finished 24th in the combined timesheets.
Gonzalez showed his love for the Mandalika track in the 40-minute morning session. Despite a red-flag situation, he kept his concentration and topped the session multiple times. His 1‘34.871s, set on lap 18/20, about five minutes before the end of the already hot morning session, was a new All Time Lap Record bettering last year‘s by 0.7s. The hot lap gave him a 0.455s-margin over the next fastest rider at the time. Though the gap went down after the time attacks of his rivals in the final stages, Manugass still held a comfortable lead of 0.360s at the end.
The Spaniard continued making progress in the afternoon. He was again a fixed feature at the top of the live timings until the final stages of the session when his rivals started pushing extra hard. Gonzalez‘ best effort, a 1‘34.769s set on lap 14/21, earned him fourth place in the P2 and combined results.
Nozane also showed his experience at the Mandalika track by having his best session to date. The Japanese rookie made full use of P1 to get in as many laps aboard the Moto2 bike as possible. He briefly featured inside the top 10 with a 1‘35.926s, set on lap 19/21. It was fast enough to keep in him 13th place in the timesheets at the end of the session.
The track action remained hot in P2. With the temperatures still above 30°C, the challenge for the afternoon was again to contend with the physically demanding conditions. The number-5 rider set a best time of 1‘36.238s, on lap 15/18, that put him in 26th place in the session rankings. However, his faster morning time had him finish the day in 24th place in the combined results.
The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp teammates will be back in action from 09:25 - 09:55 GMT +8 on Saturday for P3, followed by the qualifying sessions from 13:45 - 14:25.