After a thrilling and inspiring Race 1 earlier, our Filipino racing hero McKinley Kyle Paz of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team was on track again after just 2 hours for Race2 of the day, in the 4th Round of the FIM Repsol CEV Moto2 European Championships at the Autodromo Internacionale do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal.
In Race 1, Paz sent many Filipino fans to the edge of their seats as he made a fantastic last lap overtake to land in P7, over delivering on expectations for his first Moto2 finish and a milestone for Philippine roadracing!
Race 2 was delayed due to a crash that caused a red flag in the Junior Moto3 World Championship.
It was a busy start again from the mid pack and Paz was in P16 after the first lap. Then a big shock to all Pinoy fans as the lap timing and screen graphics indicated that Paz has crashed in Sector 3 at Turn 11!
A few minutes later, the agonizing replay of Paz’s low side crash approaching turn 11 right hander was shown on the livestream. Kyle’s bike sliding for a long time followed by Kyle. It appears like he lost the front end on entry.
Thankfully, he was unhurt and was able to walk back to the pits, shaking his helmet.
His team mate Kubo also crashed on the same lap but was able to ride back to the pits. Unfortunately, it was a double DNF for the VR46 Master Camp Team in Race 2.
The elation just 2 hours before turned into sadness as the nation was confident that Paz can repeat the Race 1 performance. But that is racing. Your position amd emotions can roller coaster during a race weekend.
According to Paz’s Uncle, AJ Fernando who spoke to him shortly after the crash, Paz was already up to P12 when he fell, “dumulas na lang basta un front tire. He was already looking at the P10 and P11 riders sa harap nya. Nang-hihinayang siya kasi nag-iinit na sya and he is eyeing for 10th place na,” he said.
After the crash, fans sent out well wishes on social media. The general reactions were sad but mostly “glad you are safe” and “still proud of you” messages.
Paz then sent a message on social media that he will now be focusing on the next race in Spain at the Motorland Aragon Circuit on July 23 -25.
” Hindi ko po inaasahan na mag crash ako ng ganun ganun lang kasi andun yung comfortable ko sa bike pero it’s part of the experience salamat po sa lahat ng mga sumupporta at abangan nyo po next race namin this coming July 25 sa Aragon Spain,” Paz said
Meanwhile, his fans will take away the satisfaction of his P7 Race 1 result and considers Race 2 as charge to #theExperience.
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