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Positive Start to Mugello Weekend for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

Positive Start to Mugello Weekend for Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

After two rounds, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team were delighted to see their original rider line-up consisting of Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo together again out on track. The duo secured 13th and 30th place in the combined FP timesheets.

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team stuck to their agreed-on strategy on the first day of the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley. They let Moto2 rookies Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo put in a lot of laps to gain experience at the technical Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello. They secured 13th and 30th place respectively in the combined Friday timesheets.

Gonzalez is a fan of the Mugello track and he underlined it by positioning himself high up the provisional rankings right from the start of FP1, showing once again that he needs little time to adapt his riding to the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp bike. As the times dropped, the Spaniard pushed even harder to keep up with the experienced Moto2 riders. He continued to improve his pace and set a 1‘53.040s best time on lap 17/17, earning him 16th position.

The rookie sensation continued the positive vibes in the seriously hot afternoon session. The physically demanding conditions didn‘t slow him down at all. He set a 1‘52.814s on lap 4/16, which earned him 8th place in the FP2 rankings and 13th place in the combined timesheets.


Kubo was very excited to start the morning session in Mugello: first of all because he had missed riding his bike whilst sitting out the Spanish and French GPs, and second because he had been looking forward to learning his way around this iconic Italian circuit. He used FP1 to gradually build up speed and finished the session in 30th place with a 1‘56.273s best lap, set on lap 14/14.

The Thai rider had his work cut out for him making a comeback at one of the most challenging tracks in over 30°C weather. But the number-81 rider kept working hard, getting in as many laps as possible. Though he remained 30th in the FP2 and combined Friday rankings, his 1‘55.000s best time, set on lap 5/15, was a massive 1.273s faster than his morning time.

Gelete Nieto

Sports Director

"Manu had a great day. He was fast both in FP1 and FP2, and his pace was very good. I can see that he‘s really motivated. He likes the track, and he feels confident on it and also with the bike. He knows he can do well. Kubo has the bad luck that he makes his return to racing after his injury at one of the most difficult tracks on the calendar, a circuit that he has never ridden before! For him, the most important thing is to ride as much as possible. Anyway, even in the superhot conditions, he improved 1.2 seconds from FP1 to FP2."

Manuel Gonzalez - P13 (1‘52.814)

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"What a day! I love this track! From the beginning of FP1, I felt fast and confident with my bike, also riding alone. If tomorrow it will be dry again, we‘ll try to start from a top-10 grid position in order to do a good race. And if it will be wet, we‘ll have to clench our teeth!"

Keminth Kubo - P30 (1‘55.000)

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"Mugello is a super difficult track! The lay-out is really amazing, but it‘s very technical and you need to ride a lot of laps to understand it and learn all its secrets. I need to adapt myself to the bike again because I missed the last two races. But the team is working well, and I‘ll try to improve lap by lap."