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Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Looking to Score Big in Japan

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Looking to Score Big in Japan

As a part of the Yamaha family, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team has been greatly looking forward to Round 16 of the 2022 Moto2 championship, held at the Mobility Resort Motegi in Japan.

Immediately after the Aragon GP, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team have jetted to Japan for Round 16 of the 2022 Moto2 championship, held at the Mobility Resort Motegi.

Manuel Gonzalez is excited to start the overseas tour in Japan. It is his first time visiting this country, and he has instantly fallen in love with it. It has only added to his already high motivation to get a good score this weekend to add to his 44-point tally that is currently keeping him in 19th place in the overall standings.

Keminth Kubo, on the other hand, knows the Motegi track and is a big fan of the circuit. After a few difficult races in Europe, the Thai rider is counting on the support of the passionate local fans to cheer him on. The number-81 rider is currently 28th in the standings with 4 points, and he would like nothing better than to get a good result in front of the Japanese crowds.

The Motegi circuit was built in 1997 for test purposes. It was first visited by MotoGP in 1999 for the Japanese Grand Prix. A year later the track hosted the Pacific Grand Prix, and it has remained a major attraction for motorsports fans ever since. In 2004 Motegi replaced the Suzuka Circuit on the MotoGP calendar to become the host of the Japanese Grand Prix once again, and it has kept this status ever since. The 4.8km track is known for setting the scene for lots of memorable and exciting racing moments, thanks to its challenging lay-out of six left and eight right corners, and various hard braking and acceleration areas.

The Grand Prix of Japan is held in the GMT +9 time zone. FP1 will take place on Friday afternoon from 14:10 - 14:50 local track time. On Saturday, FP2 will be held from 09:55 - 10:35, and the qualifying sessions from 13:30 - 14:10. On Sunday, Warm Up is held from 10:20 - 10:30 and the race starts at 13:20.

Gelete Nieto

Sports Director

"This is our official home GP, and we are glad to be here. We can feel the Japanese support, and we want to show everybody our potential. We hope we left the bad luck in Europe. We are feeling strong and ready to start the first of these four overseas races."

Manuel Gonzalez

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"It's my first time in Japan, I'm really happy to be here. I know that the Japanese fans are great, and I love this atmosphere. I feel good after last race's crash, and I would like to get a good result because the team and I are working well, so we deserve it."

Keminth Kubo

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"I can't be happier to be in Motegi. It's one of my favourite tracks, and I feel like I‘m at home. The Japanese fans are super, and I hope to meet them during the weekend."