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Gonzalez Takes Solid Points in Difficult Silverstone Race

Gonzalez Takes Solid Points in Difficult Silverstone Race

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team’s Manuel Gonzalez put up a good fight today to achieve a top-8 position at the Silverstone Circuit, but pain in his arm towards the end of the race saw him take 11th place. Fellow Moto2 rookie Keminth Kubo used the British GP to gain valuable experience. He shadowed the riders ahead of him and ended the race in 23rd place.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team’s Manuel Gonzalez was on his way to securing a top-8 placement at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix, but sudden pain in his arm in the later stages of the race prevented him from achieving his objective. Still, he gritted his teeth and ended the day in 11th place. Keminth Kubo was part of a group fighting for P19. He took the chequered flag in 23rd position.

Gonzalez already felt he had the pace to fight at the front yesterday and made the most of the opening stages of today’s race to get there. Starting from 15th, he gained one place going through the opening sector and he found himself in P11 after three laps.

With Celestino Vietti taking a long-lap penalty and Cameron Beaubier crashing out riding just ahead of him, he was handed ninth place. He had an over 1s gap to the rider in eighth place and put his head down. But as the race progressed, he suffered from pain in his arm. It ultimately caused him to finish in eleventh place.

Kubo started the race from 27th on the grid. Despite a difficult start, he fought for his position after the first two laps. His aim was to focus on his riding, stick with the riders in front of him, and learn as much as possible.

With several riders crashing out, the Thai rider was circulating in 25th place as he followed Sean Dylan Kelly. The duo had reeled in Simone Corsi and Rory Skinner by lap 9. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp protégé was keen to get some overtaking action in but wasn’t quite able to find a way through. As two more riders were unable to complete the race, Kubo finished the British GP in 23rd position.

Today‘s results see Gonzalez stay in 16th place in the championship standings with 44 points. Keminth Kubo keeps his 28th place with 4 points. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team remain in 11th position, with now 57 points.

The team will be back in action on 19-21 August for Round 13 of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship, held in Spielberg, Austria.

Gelete Nieto

Sports Director

"We end the weekend with a bittersweet taste. We are happy with the work we've done because we are on a continuously ascending line, but we have to solve Manu’s physical problem. A few laps before the finish, his right arm started to hurt again, so he couldn’t push anymore and that made his rhythm slower. He is going to visit a doctor in the next days to pinpoint the cause of this condition.
Kubo's beginning of the race wasn't great. His rhythm was not bad, but he couldn't overtake the riders in front of him. Maybe he needs to be a bit more aggressive on track. He wants to get better results, and so do we. We will work harder together for the next race, so that he can try to battle for some points."

Manuel Gonzalez - P11

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"Another up-and-down Sunday. I had a good feeling in Warm Up, and I was riding really fast. For the race, we were very confident that we could finish in the top 8 because our pace was good. But five laps before the chequered flag, I lost a lot of time and three positions because I didn’t have enough strength in my right forearm. It has happened before. It’s a shame because the weekend has been really good, and we are improving every day. I’m sure the results we are looking for will come soon, and I’m going to fix my physical problem."

Keminth Kubo - P23

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"I made a mistake on the starting grid, but I tried to follow the group. In the middle of the race, I was in the group. I was trying to find some opportunities to overtake, but I couldn't because under braking, the bike went wide, and my tyre was at the limit. It was very slippery. I'm not satisfied about the result. I'll try harder in two weeks in Austria."