Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Keminth Kubo enjoyed learning from more experienced Moto2 riders at the Mobility Resort Motegi, riding to an 18th-place finish. Manuel Gonzalez was declared fit in time for Sunday‘s Warm Up. However, following a discussion with his team, he opted not to ride in order to make a full recovery before next week‘s Thai GP.
Kubo was the sole Yamaha VR46 Master Camp rider today competing in the 22-lap race at the tricky Mobility Resort Motegi track that‘s very hard on braking. Starting from P9 thanks to a terrific Q1 and Q2 session in the wet yesterday, the Thai rookie was in a good position to find experienced Moto2 competitors to ride behind and learn from. He found himself in the busy mid pack after the first corner and fell back to 24th place on the opening lap, but then got into a rhythm. Multiple riders crashed, but Kubo kept his concentration and finished the race in 18th place.
Manuel Gonzalez was declared fit before Warm Up. He completed five laps in total but wanted to minimise risks. As he had missed yesterday‘s qualifying sessions, he knew he would have to start from the back of the grid. With the full support of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team, he used the sighting lap to decide on the best course of action. He ultimately chose to sit out this race and heal to be ready to go all out in next week‘s Thai GP.
Today‘s race results keep Gonzalez in 19th place in the championship standings with 44 points. Keminth Kubo stays in 28th place with 4 points. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team is now in 12th position with 57 points.
The team will next travel to the Thailand Grand Prix, to be held at the Chang International Circuit (also known as the Buriram International Circuit) this upcoming weekend.