The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team was all set up for some solid qualifying action at the Mandalika Circuit, but luck wasn‘t on their side. Manuel Gonzalez suffered an unforeseen technical issue and wasn‘t able to set a time in the Moto2 Q2 session, leaving him in P17 on the grid. Keminth Kubo took part in Q1 and had aimed to improve on his starting position compared to the Qatar GP but secured P26 again.
With the FP3 session being wet, Gonzalez opted to minimise risk by not pushing too hard in tricky conditions, knowing his strong Friday afternoon performance earned him a place in Q2. With perfect riding conditions in the 15-minute shoot-out, the young talent was determined to show his true potential, but a technical problem at the start of the session meant he wasn‘t able to set a time, putting him in 17th place based on his 1‘36.971s fastest combined free practice time set in FP2.
Kubo had hoped for a dry FP3 to make further steps for qualifying, but it wasn‘t to be. It meant he had to take part in the Moto2 Q1 session. With the sun out in the afternoon, the Thai rider stepped up to the challenge to quickly adapt to the dry track conditions. He improved over 0.3s on his best Friday time, clocking a 1‘37.625s on lap 7/9. The lap puts him in 12th position in the Q1 timesheets and in 26th place on the grid for tomorrow‘s Grand Prix of Indonesia.