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Manuel Gonzalez Qualifies on Second Row in Sepang

Manuel Gonzalez Qualifies on Second Row in Sepang

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo gave their all in today‘s Moto2 qualifying sessions at the Sepang International Circuit. They will start tomorrow‘s Grand Prix of Malaysia from P5 and P23 respectively.

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s high hopes for the Grand Prix of Malaysia Moto2 qualifying came true. Manuel Gonzalez kept his hot pace going at the sweltering Sepang International Circuit. He secured fifth position in Q2, his best qualifying result of 2022. Keminth Kubo came back from an FP3 crash with solid improvement throughout the Q1 session. His best lap put him in 23rd place on the grid.

Despite never having visited the Sepang circuit before, Gonzalez has been featuring at the top of the timesheets all weekend. A 13th place in the combined FP rankings secured him a place straight into Q2. He followed up the solid FP3 performance with some skilled qualifying. He was in fifth place early on in the session with a 2‘06.705s set on lap 3/7. Though the Spaniard didn‘t find an improvement in the later stages, his best lap was so strong that it kept him in fifth place after the chequered flag came out.

Kubo lost some track time in the morning due to a crash in FP3, but his pace was looking positive. With the bike fully repaired ahead of the dry Moto2 Q1 session, the Thai rider was able to get in some good laps throughout the 15-minute shoot-out. Like his teammate, he showed his intentions early on. He set a 2‘08.148s on lap 3/7, which initially put him seventh in the rankings. But with the pace quickening towards the end, he dropped to ninth place, which translates to being P23 on the grid.

Manuel Gonzalez: P5

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

P5! An almost perfect quali with a very good lap. I felt very confident with the bike, so I was already able to push to the limit in the first two laps, and I was fast. Starting from the second row tomorrow is very important for the race because it will be long, and the tyres will suffer. I will try to save them and have a strong pace at the end. I‘m suffering a bit with my arm, and I hope I can finish the race without any problems.

Keminth Kubo: P23

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

Like yesterday, I tried to ride as much as possible in the free practice session. My lap times got better. We tried a lot of things on the bike, but I made a mistake and I crashed, losing precious time. I tried to follow the group in the qualifying, pushing really hard. Though my lap time improved a lot, when I had the chance to make my fast lap, I was stuck in traffic, finishing the session in P9. Tomorrow I‘ll start the race from 23rd place on the grid, and I‘ll do my best to finish it in a better position.

Gelete Nieto – Sports Director

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

I'm very happy because we did a great P5, only 0.3s from pole position. It's important for the team, and for Manu's confidence. It's once again our best grid result so far this season, so this means that we are improving. I care about all aspects of the work in the garage, and every little detail is important. This result is proof that we are doing well. Kubo improved his lap time in the afternoon, but his progression during the weekend needs to be more linear. That would help him a lot in terms of results and self-confidence.