Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez ended an overall productive Super Saturday at the Lusail International Circuit securing 9th place on the grid for the Grand Prix of Qatar Moto2 Race. Kohta Nozane encountered some issues at the start of Q1 which lost him valuable time. He pushed hard on his second run but still found himself in 30th place on the grid.
Gonzalez had shown good pace in the P3 session and was keen to do so again in Q2. His 1‘58.569s benchmark time saw him hold eighth place after all riders completed their first hot lap. The Spaniard followed it up by setting four personal best sectors for a 1‘58.033s that shot him up to third. Unable to improve on his next four attempts, he was relegated to ninth place. Manugasss was keen to push on his last lap, but a red-flag situation with 33 seconds remaining on the clock meant the end of his challenge. He wrapped up the session in ninth.
Nozane took part in Q1, but he had a difficult start. He headed straight back to the pit box for a change of tyres after an unsuccessful opening lap. He headed back out on track with seven minutes to go at the bottom of the standings, as he was yet to complete a full flying lap. He took a few tries to get up to speed. His best time, a 1‘59.429s, set on lap 5/6 kept him in 16th place in the Q1 rankings and put him in 30th position in the qualifying classifications.
The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp teammates will be back in action on Sunday at 18:15 GMT +3 for the 20-lap race.