Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team completed an emotionally charged Premio d'Italia Oakley race day. Despite the tragic passing of his beloved father, Keminth Kubo decided to ride in his memory today. Following teammate Manuel Gonzalez for most of the race, the duo ended in 20th and 22nd place respectively.
Gonzalez started the race from P27 and gained a position on the opening lap. Though it was mostly a lonely ride for the Spaniard, it was a good learning experience as he could apply the skills needed to negotiate the technically challenging Mugello Circuit. In the final stages he managed to overtake Zonta van den Goorbergh for 20th place, which he held until the chequered flag.
Kubo‘s return to Moto2 had become even harder after receiving the tragic news. With his father in mind and in his heart, he started the race from P29. He kept his position on the opening lap. It was an emotional race for the Thai rider, but he was determined to finish it. With no rivals closely in front or behind him for most of the laps, he could focus on his rhythm and crossed the finish line in 22nd place.
Yamaha, VR46, and the entire Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team extend their heartfelt condolences to Kubo as well as his family.
Today‘s results see Gonzalez drop one place to 17th in the championship standings with 21 points. Keminth Kubo is now in 28th place with 4 points. The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team is 12th on the scoreboard with 34 points.
The team will be back in action next week for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, held from 3-5 June.