Stefano Manzi, Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s replacement rider at the Gran Premio de España, secured a solid 13th place, earning the team 3 championship points. Manuel Gonzalez rode a strong race despite pain in his right arm, fighting for P11, but ultimately crossed the finish line in P16.
Manzi had the difficult task of taking part in a Moto2 race five GPs into the season with minimal practice time. Up for the challenge, the Italian lined up in P26 on the grid. After a solid start and opening laps that saw a couple of crashes, he settled into 23rd place, ready to put in some consistent lap times.
The number-62 showed his experience in the intermediate class. Multiple riders were caught out by the Jerez track‘s full-on lay-out, but Manzo had his game face on. Having moved up to 16th place, he was pushing to get the team an extra championship point. With four laps left, he made a move on Lorenzo Dalla Porta and secured 15th place. He kept his pace up and with Gonzalez and Barry Baltus running wide on the last lap, he snatched 13th across the finish line.
The fast time Gonzalez set in Warm Up predicted a good race for him. Thanks to a strong start from P20 on the grid, he made up four places. With multiple overtaking actions and front-runner crashes in the hot-paced Moto2 race, Gonzalez was gradually moving up the order, lapping in 11th place for most of the race.
He had his race was impeeded by sudden pain in his right arm about halfway through the race. With an over 3s gap ahead of him by lap 10, he focused on defending his position. He did a good job for most of the race but got in a late scrap with Barry Baltus and Alessandro Zaccone. The number-12 rider put up a good fight and was leaving it all out on track to secure 11th place again, but the pain got the better of him in the last sector of the last lap and saw him finish in P16.
Today‘s results see Gonzalez remain in 17th place in the championship standings with 16 points. Keminth Kubo is now in 24th place with 4 points. Stefano Manzi enters the classifications in joint 26th place with 3 points. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team places 11th on the score board, with 23 points.
The team will be back in action in two weeks‘ time for the Grand Prix de France at the Le Mans track, held from 13-15 May.