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Gonzalez Takes Signature Fifth Place in Indonesian GP

Gonzalez Takes Signature Fifth Place in Indonesian GP

Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez wrapped up a promising weekend at the Mandalika International Circuit by securing fifth place in the Grand Prix of Indonesia Moto2 Race. Kohta Nozane made up nine places on the opening lap alone, but a crash in Turn 16 on lap 5 ended his race prematurely.

Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez secured fifth place in today‘s Grand Prix of Indonesia Moto2 Race, his eighth fifth place since joining the intermediate class last year. Kohta Nozane had a good opening lap and was looking to battle with rivals, but Turn 16 of the Mandalika International Circuit caught him out, ending his race early.

Despite not having the best start from P4 and falling back a few places in the first corner, Gonzalez was quick to recover and completed the first lap in third place. One lap later he battled with Tony Arbolino, who passed him, but Manugasss was staying very close to the back of the Italian‘s bike. However, a defensive line ridden by Arbolino meant the Master Camp man lost a position to Fermin Aldeguer. Manugasss was not going down without a fight though. He retaliated on lap 7, overtaking Arbolino.

The Spaniard was in pursuit of his maiden Moto2 podium, but a gap had formed to the top 3. Gonzalez had to multitask riding both on the limit and defensively, as he tried to hold on to fourth place with Arbolino and Jake Dixon tagging along behind him. Unlike his rivals, the number-18 rider had chosen the harder rear tyre and hoped to profit when the tyre drop would hit them towards the final stages of the race. But the opposite occurred: he was unable to defend his fourth place from Jake Dixon on the final lap. Gonzalez crossed the finish line in fifth, equalling his Moto2-career best finish for the eighth time.

Nozane had a good start from P29 on the grid and climbed as high as 18th on the opening lap. Whilst engaging in battle with other riders, he crossed the start-finish straight for the first time in 20th place. He later lost a position to Lorenzo Baldassarri on lap 5. He was keen to return the favour when disaster struck. Entering Turn 16, he made contact with another rider and got slightly off the ideal line. The number-5 rider suffered a luckless crash. He was quickly back onto his feet but unable to rejoin the race.

Today‘s result means Gonzalez now has 115 points and climbs up two places to 7th in the championship standings. Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp moves up to 8th in the team championship, also with 115 points.

The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp duo will be back in action next week for the MotoGP Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, held at the Phillip Island Circuit, from 20th -22nd October.

Manuel Gonzalez

Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp

"I‘m not happy with today‘s race. After the best weekend of the season, we wanted to finish the work on the podium, but our tyre choice was not good. In the last third of the race, my feeling got worse. I was riding slowly and battling with the bike because I didn‘t understand it. It‘s experience for the future, and we need to keep our heads up to improve in the next GP."

Kohta Nozane

Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp

"I did a good start, and I had a good pace in the first two or three laps, battling with some riders. Unfortunately, I had a contact with another rider, and I crashed. It was a racing incident, but I couldn‘t restart because the bike was losing some oil. I‘m disappointed, but that‘s racing. Luckily, I‘m OK and the next GP is in a week‘s time. Let‘s keep pushing!"

Gelete Nieto

Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, Sports Director

"After one of the best weekends of the season, we are a bit disappointed. We expected more from Manu‘s result, but we gambled with the tyre choice, and it didn‘t go as planned. Actually, we thought that the soft tyres couldn‘t last the race, so we decided to go with the hard ones. But the soft would have been the right choice this Sunday. The team is working in the right direction. Let‘s try again next week.

"For Kotha it would be very important to finish the race. He missed all the GPs in the first half of the season, so he needs to make kilometres. He had a racing incident after a few laps, and he couldn‘t rejoin the race. On the positive side, he did a very good start, and he was riding well.

"We‘ll be back in action in a week‘s time when we're in Australia!"