Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez started the Saturday at the Buddh International Circuit positively, topping the dry P3 session. However, sudden rain before qualifying turned his fortunes around. Unable to find the same feeling on the drying track in Q2, he secured P16 on the grid for the Grand Prix of India Moto2 Race. Kohta Nozane was quick to adapt to the wet conditions in Q1. He will start tomorrow‘s Race from P24.
Gonzalez was one of the first riders to head out in Q2. His benchmark lap put him in ninth place as he got used to the wet conditions. Though he improved his time on lap 3, 4, and 6, he didn‘t climb in the rankings. Finding himself in 16th as the chequered flag came out, the Spaniard gritted his teeth and posted a 2‘03.579s on lap 8. It would have put him in 13th place, but the lap was cancelled due to exceeding track limits. His next best time, a 2‘04.871s set on lap 6/8, kept him in 16th place.
Nozane showed his adaptability in Q1. Despite being a rookie, having little experience on the Moto2 bike in the wet, and riding on a ’new‘ circuit, the Japanese rider steadily moved up the rankings in the first half of the 15-minute shoot-out. He climbed as high as seventh with a 2‘04.494s on lap 4/8, but then the times dropped. Unable to find an improvement, the number-5 rider wrapped up the session in tenth place. His effort earns him 24th place on the grid for tomorrow‘s Race.
The Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp duo will be back in action tomorrow at 13:45 local track time (GMT +5:30) for the Race.