CEV Moto2 FP2 Results: Paz in Top 10 , Ahead of Thai Team mate!
Date posted on July 2, 2021
Team Yamaha VR46 Master Camp’s Mckinley Kyle Paz steadily improved his pace in the second Free Practice Session of the FIM Repsol CEV Moto2 European Championships held today at the Autodromo Internacionale do Algarve in Potimao, Portugal.
The first half of the 40-minute session was generally slower as most of the riders could not better their times from FP1. Paz actually was in P10 after only 8 minutes despite running a full 2 seconds slower than his FP1 time. He stumbled to as low as P14 before going marginally faster at 1:48.170s to move up again to P13 where he stayed until halfway and went into the pits with 20 minutes to go.
Paz went out again with only 14 minutes left in the session. On his first fast lap he moved ahead of his teamate and back to P12 with a 1:47.823s. He then immediately went quicker again the next lap with a 1:47.774s to widen his gap over his team mate Kubo.
It was Kubo’s turn to suffer from bad luck. Apparently, he crashed and despite the team able to repair the crash damage,his bike would not start anymore.
Meanwhile, with less than 5 mins to go Paz went up to P10 with a 1:46.943s then pitted again with still 3 minutes to go. Paz went out again but there was only 20secs left on the clock and it was ot enough to for another fast lap.
“Sinubukan ko po i-push kahit mag-isa ako, buti po naka oras po sa huling 5 minutes! Medyo nagagamay ko na po yung bike konting adjust pa din po and the ready na po kami para sa qualifying,” a confident Paz said afterwards.
So in only his second race, Paz was able to finish ahead of his senior team mate. At this level, it is important to show that you can beat your team mate. He is also just tenths slower than the two faster Indonesians who finished in 8th and 9th. His time is also just 0.8s slower from the top 3 fastest time.
Even if it is just Free Practice 2, this is a good progression for Paz and no doubt has made important people take notice of him.
Great job Kyle!
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