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Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Experience Difficult Start to Spanish GP

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Experience Difficult Start to Spanish GP

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Manuel Gonzalez made good progress on the Friday at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto. Though he struggled in FP1, he made a big step in the afternoon to finish the first day of his home GP in 15th place in the combined timesheets. Keminth Kubo was unlucky that an injury to his right side ruled him out for the remainder of the Friday.

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team’s Manuel Gonzalez put in 100% effort to get a good result on the first day of his home GP at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto. He worked relentlessly and secured P15 in the combined FP results. Keminth Kubo experienced pain on his right side during FP1 and was unable to continue riding on the Friday.

Gonzalez is determined to make this his best weekend so far, as Jerez is his home race. He is familiar with this circuit from his WorldSSP300 and WorldSSP years and had a positive test here in February. However, the youngster didn’t quite find the feeling he was looking for in the much higher temperatures. He finished the session in 21st place with a best time of 1’43.238s, set on lap 18/18.

The number-18 rider is known to be able to adapt fast, however. He and his crew put their heads together and found a solution that suited him. The hard work paid off in a super close session that saw 16 riders finish within 1s. The Spaniard set a 1’42.545s on lap 17/18, that put him in 14th place in the FP2 timesheets and in 15th position in the combined results, 0.899s from first.

FP1 was a bit of an uphill battle for Kubo. The Thai talent had fully recovered from the crash in Portimão last Sunday. Declared fit, he was fully intending on giving it his 100%, during the Spanish GP weekend. However, the number-81 rider wasn’t able to ride to his best abilities due to intense pain in his chest. Still, he gradually improved his pace and put in a best effort of 1’44.403s on lap 10/10, that put him in 29th place.

However, more or less 20 minutes into the FP1 session the pain became too severe.
Kubo had a second check at the Medical Centre and was diagnosed with costochondritis. The pain in his chest was ruled unrelated to his previous injuries sustained in Portimão, but he was unable to continue riding on the Friday.

Yamaha, VR46, and the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team wish Kubo a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the bike as soon as possible.

Gelete Nieto - Sports Director

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

Manu’s day went really well. We needed FP1 to understand how to adapt the bike to this track. He was riding a lot. He did’t feel perfect on the bike, and he was trying to adapt his riding style. We changed some things for FP2, and Manu was feeling better, and also his lap time improved a lot. He missed a tenth to provisionally enter Q2, but we know that tomorrow morning the track will be faster than today, and we will see a lot of differences in all the riders’ lap times.
We are really sorry for Kubo. He started FP1 but after few laps he had to enter the pit. He was suffering, the pain in his right side was severe. He had a medical check and couldn’t ride anymore. We really hope he will recover soon.

Manuel Gonzalez: P15 - 1'42.545

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

I had a very positive day. During the first practice, I was struggling a bit because I couldn’t go really fast. I was not feeling bad on the bike but not at 100% either. We did some changes for FP2. I convinced myself to change my riding style to adapt to the gear box that’s now completely different compared to during the test we had in February. I’m really happy about how it turned out! I felt fast and really confident with the bike. During tomorrow’s FP3, everybody will improve their lap time a lot. I’ll try to push at the maximum tomorrow to enter Q2 directly.

Keminth Kubo: P30 - 1'44.403

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

I’m really sad today. After the first 10 laps of FP1, I had to retire. I was feeling very bad, I had a horrible pain on the right side of my chest. I had a medical check and it turned out I have costochondritis. I couldn’t join FP2, and I hope to recover soon.