Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team is heading into the Grand Prix of The Americas weekend with only rider Manuel Gonzalez attending the event.
Gonzalez showed repeatedly what he‘s made of during the Argentina GP last weekend. He secured a top-10 start in only his third Moto2 race weekend and came back from a collision and last place on lap 1 of the race to receive his first championship points, crossing the finish line in fourteenth position.
The Circuit of The Americas is again a new track for the Spanish talent. He is keen to make his first laps there, as he has heard it‘s quite technical and he likes a challenge.
Kubo will sit out the Texas meet because he was denied access to the United States of America. The team can‘t wait to be reunited with the Thai rider in Portimao, Portugal, in two weeks‘ time. In the meantime, they will be putting their full effort into supporting Gonzalez this weekend at the tricky Austin track.
Constructed in 2013, The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is one of the newest on the calendar, having been added to the Grand Prix schedule that same year. Its length of 5513m and mixture of fast straights and tight hairpins make the track both challenging and exciting to master for teams and riders. They need to find exactly the right balance for their bike‘s set-up to suit the 11 left, 9 right turns, and the 1,200m straight in order snatch a place on the podium. The especially sharp Turn 1 will be a place where the fans can expect a lot of overtaking action, both at the start and during the race.
The Grand Prix of The Americas is held in the GMT -5 time zone. FP1 will take place on Friday from 09:00 - 09:40 local track time, followed by FP2 from 13:15 - 13:55. On Saturday, FP3 will be held from 09:00 - 09:40, and the qualifying sessions from 12:35 - 13:15. On Sunday, Warm Up is held from 09:20 - 09:30 and the race starts at 11:20.