Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team enters the Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal weekend with a full house. Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo will be pushing hard in Portimão to show their speed at the ’rollercoaster‘ that is the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
Gonzalez once again showed that you can never discount him last time out in Austin, Texas. Though he started from P23 on the grid and had struggled to find a good feeling all weekend, he managed to pull something special out of the bag on Sunday, riding to P13. This was his highest Moto2 classification so far and earned the rookie championship points for a second consecutive week. He is currently in 20th place in the championship standings with 5 points in total.
Kubo was unable to attend the Grand Prix of the Americas. The team is thrilled to be reunited with him in Portimão, Portugal, this weekend. The Thai rider can hardly wait to pick up his learning experience where he left off. He is already familiar with the Algarve circuit, but still looks forward to making as many laps as possible to study the lines and adapt his riding style to it.
The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve,, is situated in the Algarve region of Portugal, just outside of Portimão. The circuit was opened in 2008 and is a big hit with the riders but also especially with the fans who can't get enough of their heroes taking on this track that is famous for its elevation changes. The circuit has 15 corners – nine right, six left – and the front straight will allow the riders to really stretch the legs of their machines before a unique downhill descent into Turn 1.
The Grande Prémio de Portugal is held in the GMT+1 time zone. FP1 will take place on Friday afternoon from 10:55 - 11:35 local time, followed by FP2 from 15:10 - 15:50. On Saturday, FP3 will be held from 10:55 - 11:35, and the qualifying sessions from 15:10 - 15:50. On Sunday, Warm Up is held from 10:10 - 10:20 and the race starts at 14:30.