Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Stefano Manzi and Manuel Gonzalez fully opened the throttle in the competitive Moto2 Q1 and Q2 sessions today at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit. They will start the Grand Prix de France from 16th and 24th place on the grid respectively.
Manzi‘s superb FP1 time earned him a spot in Q2, allowing him to fight for the top 18 starting positions in only his second GP with the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team. He set a 1‘37.252s early on in the shoot-out. It kept him in 15th place for a while before the pace quickened in the final minutes. A 1‘36.979s lap set by the Italian on lap 7/9 again saw him in 15th place until the final stages. He will start the race from P16 on the grid.
Gonzalez made his intention clear right from the start of Q1. He placed P1 with 1‘36.645s on his first flying lap, but the session was only just getting started. He improved his time to a 1‘36.623s on lap 3/9, but with all 16 riders on hot laps, he soon found himself in tenth place. Unable to find a way to shave off more tenths, he completed the session in 10th place and will start tomorrow‘s race from P24.