Mechanical problems again for Paz in CEV Moto2 Race 2
Date posted on June 13, 2021
After Paz gave us a roller coaster ride in Race 1 a couple of hours ago, Race 2 of the 3rd round of the 2021 FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain was eagerly awaited.
At the start, it got even more exciting when Paz was shown to be starting from P16, 2 places higher than in Race 1.
However, when the red lights went out and the 26 rider Moto2 grid rocketed away, we all waited in bated breath for Paz’s number to come up or even get a glimpse of the #32 bike as the field peeled into turn one. In Race 1, we were able to see him getting in the mix and aiming for the inside line. But this time, we were not able to see the yellow and blue bike of Kyle.
Apparently, Paz was not able to take his position on the grid and was back in the garage patiently sitting and waiting, as his Yamaha VR46 Master Camp team mechanics were busy going over the #32 Kalex Moto2 bike.
Unfortunately, disaster struck again! The team had to change his engine in between races due the gearbox problem he suffered in Race 1 which resulted in a DNF while holding a solid P11.
The new spec 600cc engine developed a clutch issue and was not ready in time for Kyle to take the start.
The team continued to work on the bike even after the race has already started, hoping that Kyle can rejoin the race from the pitlane. An important thing so that Kyle can get more mileage on the Moto2 bike under real race conditions. They eventually got it running and Paz was able to join the race, although 6 laps down. He would eventually complete 12 laps and be classified in 20th position in Moto2.
It was a result that nobody wanted, but Paz’s race pace was good enough to be fighting in the pack from 12th to 15th places!
Without the mechanical problems, we believe Paz could have easily achieved Moto2 points in both races on his first European race meeting.
Knowing Kyle, we are sure he will use this weekend as additional motivation. We look forward for his next race which will be in two weeks on July 4 at the Algarve Circuit in Portimao, Portugal.
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