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Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Show Resilience in Argentina Race

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team Show Resilience in Argentina Race

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team turned a difficult race day at the Autódromo Internacional de Termas de Río Hondo into a memorable event. Manuel Gonzalez was unlucky to have his first top-10 start in the Moto2 World Championship spoiled in the very first corner as he was forced to go wide to avoid a fallen rider. However, the talented rookie showed maturity beyond his age by resuming his race and riding from last place to a solid 14th position. Kubo used the 23-lap Gran Premio Michelin de la República Argentina to gain further experience. Riding with, for him, a new setting, he improved his braking and finished in 19th place whilst gathering data that will be useful for him in the remainder of the season.

The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team secured their first championship points in their debut year in only their third race, thanks to Gonzalez‘ superb salvage job. Despite being involved in a Turn-1 incident, he still rode to an encouraging 14th place. Keminth Kubo wasn‘t able to make strides but used the occasion to gain further experience. He rode a steady race and finished in 19th place.

Gonzalez started from P10 but had to make an evasive manoeuvre in Turn 1 to avoid clipping another rider crashing in front of him. He went wide, and although he re-joined the race quickly, he found himself at the back of the pack.

It wasn‘t the start the number-18 rider had hoped for, but it didn‘t dampen his fighting spirit. The eager Moto2 rookie put his head down and by the end of the first lap, he was already back up to 22nd place. He continued to carve his way through the rider field over the next 22 laps. His goal was to score his first championship points, and he skilfully rode to a 14th-place finish.


Kubo had been struggling to find a set-up that suited his riding style all weekend. The rookie made some changes to his bike in Warm Up and was curious to give this new setting a try.

Starting from P29, he moved up a couple of places as the riders settled into their positions in the always busy opening corners. However, the Thai rider wasn‘t able to defend his position.

Nevertheless, he showed consistency as he completed a race that counted many crashers without any incidents. He ended in 19th place.

Today‘s result puts Gonzalez in 18th place in the championship standings with 2 points. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team has now appeared on the scoreboard in 12th place with 2 points.

The team will be back in action next weekend at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

Gelete Nieto

Sports Director

"We had a very positive weekend. We improved again compared to the last race. I want to congratulate Manu with his first two points in the Moto2 World Championship. This result comes from the hard work we did yesterday. It was a pity that due to the first corner‘s accident he went from 10th position to suddenly being last. If this hadn't happened, I‘m sure he could get an even better result, which would have been well deserved. Kubo‘s weekend was difficult, but he is working well with the team. He improved a lot on the braking points at this track, and he completed the race. It‘s always good for him to stay on the bike as much as possible, trying to learn more and more."

Manuel Gonzalez - P14

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"It's been an incredible day for me. I enjoyed the race a lot. I felt really good on the bike since the beginning. I made a good start, but in the first corner I almost touched with Fernandez, who crashed in front of me, so I went from 10th position to last. I tried to overtake as fast as I could, trying to go back to top positions and my pace was fast. I learned a lot, and I changed my riding style for the last laps. I‘m really happy with the work we did this weekend. My team did an amazing job, and I hope to do even better in America!"

Keminth Kubo - P19

Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team

"I‘m not happy about the result. The race was a chaos in the first lap, a lot of riders crashed in front of me. My race pace was not good, I need to work hard to try to perform better. On the other hand, during the weekend we improved our braking. It‘s a good progress for me, and I hope I can improve in a new area every single race."