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Manuel Gonzalez Confirmed for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team`s 2023 Moto2 Rider Line-Up

Manuel Gonzalez Confirmed for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team`s 2023 Moto2 Rider Line-Up

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team are delighted that Manuel Gonzalez completes the team’s rider line-up for next year. He will be riding alongside Kohta Nozane, taking part in the 2023 Moto2 World Championship.

It is with great pleasure that the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team confirm that Manuel Gonzalez will stay on for the 2023 Moto2 World Championship.

Gonzalez joined the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team for its Moto2 World Championship debut this year. Though a Moto2 rookie himself, he impressed with his adaptability, mature mind, and speed. Highlights so far this season included his top-5 finishes in the Portuguese and Australian GP.

Previous key achievements in the 20-year-old’s career were obtained in the WorldSBK paddock, where he gained valuable racing experience in various classes ahead of his switch to MotoGP. Gonzalez became the youngest ever WorldSSP300 title winner in 2019 and moved up to the WorldSSP class the following year. The Spaniard again showed incredible consistency in 2020, never finishing outside the top 10 on his way to seventh overall in the championship. In 2021, Manugasss became a Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. bLU cRU rider and did even better by securing third overall with seven podiums, including two race wins before starting his a new adventure in Moto2.

Gonzalez undeniable talent, motivation, and professionalism have the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team fully confident they will be battling for top results in 2023.

Tetsu Ono - General Manager

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.’s Motorsports Strategy Division

We are delighted to continue competing in Moto2 with Manuel Gonzalez in 2023. He has done a great job in his first year of competition, adapting quickly to a new bike and new tracks. We’ve seen how dedicated he is to his training every day, and how much effort he puts into it, so we are very proud to have him on our team. My hope is that he can use all he’s learned this year to produce even stronger performances next season. As our team enters its second year, our goal is to make the most of what we’ve gained this season and support Gonzalez and Nozane’s challenge in the Moto2 class to the maximum. We hope you’ll keep cheering for the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team next season!

Gelete Nieto – Sports Director

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

I’m happy that Manu will be our rider also for next year. He did a good job in 2022, always improving. We know that the category is not easy, but he’s working hard and is always really focused, so he deserves it. There are still two races to go, and we hope he can achieve good results as a boost for next year. In 2023, there will be more pressure for Manu and the team as well. Our expectations are high, and we all work together to obtain the results we all want.

Manuel Gonzalez

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

In want to thank Yamaha for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to stay with the team next year. We had a good first season: the team and I worked well together race by race. We gained experience, learning from every situation and always improving. We faced some good weekends, while some others where not the best, but we learned from all of them. I have big expectations for next year, and I want to continue to grow with the team because we are a good group together. I’m sure we can battle for the top positions thanks to all the experience we gained in my rookie year. I’m happy that my crew will stay the same because I feel comfortable with them. They work hard for me every day and they are very passionate. This will be my third year in the Yamaha circle, and I can’t be more satisfied on how they deal with me. I’ll try to show you some fun next year!