The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team had high hopes for the Grande Prémio de Portugal Moto2 qualifying, but the sudden dry conditions after only full wet free practices made the two sessions more difficult. Keminth Kubo was unlucky to suffer a crash in Turn 2, ending his Q2 challenge early and leaving him with a P18 starting position. Gonzalez was improving throughout the Q1 session. His best lap put him in P21 on the grid.
Kubo did an amazing job in the morning, securing a brilliant sixth place in FP3 in tricky conditions. The impressive performance of the Thai rookie earned him a place in the Moto2 Q2 session. He was thrilled to battle for a top 18 starting position, but a crash in Turn 2 on his first hot lap signalled the end of his challenge. Unable to get back out on track again, he finished the session without setting a time and will start tomorrow’s race from P18.
Similar to his teammate, Gonzalez didn’t have any dry track time this weekend to prepare him for the fully dry Moto2 Q1. However, the Spanish talent is known to be able to quickly adapt his riding style. He gradually improved throughout the 15-minute shoot-out. He set a 1’46.600s on lap 6/8, which briefly moved him up to third place with more than three minutes remaining. Being in the top 4 was his goal, but as the pace quickened at the end the session, he was pushed down to seventh place, which translates to being P21 on the grid.