Gonzalez` Superb Sachsenring Race Pace Earns Him Sixth Place2023-07-24 13:03
Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp‘s Manuel Gonzalez showed some Sunday magic at the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, riding from P12 to P6 across the finish line. Kasma Daniel was learning on the job today. He didn‘t have a lot of dry track time this weekend at the Sachsenring, so the 25-lap race was a good opportunity to gain confidence. He took the chequered flag in 22nd place.
Gonzalez had a good start from P12 on the grid. He chose the perfect line going into Turn 1 to emerge in eighth place. Not long after, he started his upward trajectory in the rankings. By lap 7, he was in sixth place, but he had company. When Celestino Vietti overtook him, the Spaniard played it smart. He waited a few laps to assess his rival‘s strengths and weaknesses before making a move. He made it stick on lap 11 and was back in sixth place. By then, the gap to the riders ahead of him had become too big to bridge, so Manugasss concentrated on defending his position from an approaching Sam Lowes. The number-18 rider managed to break away with three laps to go. He was satisfied to wrap up a difficult weekend in sixth, bringing home 10 valuable championship points.
Daniel started from P28, and though he couldn‘t defend his starting position throughout the first lap, early crashers meant he still crossed the start-finish straight in 27th place. Without any pressure for this race, the Malaysian rider could gradually up the pace. He got into a rhythm and focused on his riding. With various riders retiring, the number-27 rider wrapped up his second race with the Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp equipe in 22nd place.
Today‘s result means Gonzalez now has 44 points and remains in 10th place in the championship standings. Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 stays in 9th in the team championship, also with 44 points.
Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp will be back in action next week, when they start Round 8, the TT Assen, held at the TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands.
Manu‘s team is very happy after the German GP. They worked a lot to find a good set-up for the race solving the problems Manu had yesterday, and the hard work paid off. Manu had a good start and an almost perfect race. He was doing it all by himself, lapping in the low 1‘25s. That‘s very important for his motivation.
Kasma had a good feeling with the bike, and he‘s been able to finish the race. He is a good guy, and he‘s been a welcome rider in our garage during these last two race weekends. We wish him all the best!
P6! Today I think I did one of the best races in I ever did in Moto2. In the first laps, I lost some metres with respect to the top 5 because I wasn‘t as fast as them. After I overtook Vietti, I was riding alone and doing pretty well. I was trying to get to Lopez, but I couldn‘t. This weekend was very positive for the team. Our potential is high, and our time to shine will come.
I really thank the team and Yamaha for the opportunity they gave me to ride in Moto2 for two races. I had a good feeling on the bike. This race was really long, and I‘m happy I finished it. I would need to do more kilometres and train more to achieve a better result. But, overall, my experience with the team and competing against the fastest riders in the world was very positive.
Source: Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Moto2 Team
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