Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team‘s Manuel Gonzalez and Keminth Kubo are gearing up for the last overseas race of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship, the Grand Prix of Malaysia. Neither of them has ever visited the Sepang International Circuit before, making the two all the more eager for the start of FP1 in this penultimate round.
Gonzalez equalled his best result of the season last weekend at the Australian GP. He rode to a very strong fifth place, just like at the Portuguese GP. The positive top-5 finish has him feeling ready for the next challenge. Known to be able to adapt quickly to circuits he never rode at before, Manugasss is excited to see what he can achieve this weekend.
Kubo is keen to bounce back from a difficult weekend on Phillip Island. He will find himself in less windy conditions and warmer temperatures in Malaysia this weekend and is determined to make good use of it. The Sepang track is also new for the Thai rider, and he is curious to see how much speed he can gain on the long straights of this spectacular circuit.
The Sepang International Circuit staged its first Grand Prix in 1999 and has been on the MotoGP calendar ever since. The 5.5 km track has a reputation for providing very exciting racing thanks to a mixture of slow and medium to high-speed corners (five left and ten right) and two long straights, the longest measuring 920m. The circuit is also one of the longest tracks of the MotoGP season, that the riders must negotiate in extremely hot and humid conditions, making for a GP that is extra challenging.