The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp crew members were on the edge of their seats as they cheered on Manuel Gonzalez. He led the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya for five laps today, but ultimately ended the race in fifth place. Kohta Nozane gained good experience, riding from P29 to P24 in the 21-lap contest.
Gonzalez had a great start from fourth on the grid and skilfully positioned himself in second place after the opening corner. He kept the pressure on Jake Dixon in front of him, analysing his strengths and weaknesses before making a move with 17 laps to go. He enjoyed leading the Moto2 field, but five laps later Aron Canet took over. The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp rider then got involved in a busy battle for the podium in the second half of the race. He was riding defensively but still was relegated to fifth place, which he held across the finish line.
Nozane started from P29 and rode strategically in the first lap to settle into 25th place. His goal was to ride in a group and battle with rivals to enhance his skills. He managed to gain valuable experience in the opening stages of the race, having a good look at the competition. However, when bigger gaps started to form later, the Japanese rider found himself riding alone. He ultimately took the chequered flag in 24th place.
Today‘s result means Gonzalez now has 74 points and is joint 10th in the championship standings. Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp stays in 9th in the team championship, also with 74 points.
Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will be back in action next Friday, 8th September, when they start Round 12, the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, held in Misano, Italy.