CEV Moto2 Qualifying 2 Results: Paz improves a position

Date posted on July 3, 2021
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After finishing a Moto2 career high of P13 in Qualifying a few hours ago, McKinley Kyle Paz of Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team was looking forward for Qualifying 2 at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal for the FIM Repsol CEV Moto2 European Championships.

His best lap in Q1 was only 1 min.47.388s which is slower than his best lap of the weekend so far of 1min 46.948s done in FP2 yesterday afternoon which netted him P10. YMPH’s Jordan Cornista said he was comfortable lapping at this pace and hopes to repeat it in the 40 minute Q2 session.

Improvement in Q1 was marred when he tried on softer compound set of Dunlop tires during the last few minutes of the session. Mr. Cornista said Paz was not as comfortable on the soft set and was having problems turning the bike.

At the early part of the Qualifying 2 , Paz went as high as P2 after 4 minutes but settled to  P9 after 7 minutes with 1min 47.757s. He pitted after 10 mins holding P11. By the time the team sent him out again after 12 minutes in the pits, his time was down to P12.

So, with still 18 mins to go, Paz was on track again. On his first flying lap he immediately improved to 1min 47.628s. Then on the next lap he made a personal best Sector 1 time to lower it even more down to 1 min 47.462s! But still, he remained in P12 as others also went faster. Also, he was still half a second from his weekend’s best time.

Then a rider crashed in Turn 10 causing a yellow which slowed his progress for the next lap. The track was back to green with 8 mins to go and Kyle was immediately on the gas, lowering his time again to 1 min 47.335s  and moved up a place to P11 for a few minutes.

With less than 4 mins to go he lowered his time again to 1 min 47.309s but was back to P12. He suddenly lowered his pace maybe to cool down his tires just in time for one last attack before the flag, but he made an error to come into the pit early , maybe thinking that the session was over.

He ended up P12 which is an improvement from Q1 and his career best ever!

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