Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Kohta Nozane had a good first experience at the Buddh International Circuit today. They used the two extended Friday Moto2 Practice sessions to get to know the circuit and get up to speed. They ended the day in 6th and 24th place respectively in the combined timesheets.
Gonzalez was true to form in Practice 1. Known as a rider who can quickly adapt to, for him, new circuits, he was quick to enter the top 3 early on in the session. He continued work on his bike‘s set-up and tried to find a good rhythm. He saved the best for last. He set a 1‘53.796s on lap 23/23, which earned him seventh place.
The Spaniard made steps in the afternoon session, but still found himself outside the top 14 in the final ten minutes. He knew he had to give it an extra push to secure a provisional spot in Q2. As the times dropped, Manugasss responded. He clocked a 1‘52.609s on lap 20/20 to take sixth place in the P2 and combined classifications.
Nozane went into the first Friday session with high motivation. Though fully aware that it would be a challenge to ride in the heat and humidity, he still completed 20 laps in total. As he struggled to find grip, his best effort, a 1‘55.895s, saw him finish P1 in 30th place.
The Japanese rider continued with his riding plan in the afternoon and, as he got more and more laps in, his pace quickened. He improved by more than 2s compared to the morning session. His 1‘53.771s lap, posted on lap 19/20 gained him several positions, seeing him in 24th place in the P2 and combined standings.
The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp duo will be back in action tomorrow. P3 will be held from 09:55 - 10:25 local track time (GMT +5:30) and the qualifying sessions will take place from 14:15 - 14:55.