Paz in Moto2 JuniorGP World Championships this Sunday
Date posted on May 2, 2022
The FIM and FIM Europe announced the start of the 2022 Finetwork FIM JuniorGP (formerly the Repsol CEV). The entry list in the Moto2 European Championship again includes our very own McKinley Kyle “The Wonderboy” Paz representing the Yamaha Motor Philippines Stylobike Racing Team. So far, he will be the only rider from Asia to compete in the category in 2022.
This year will be a new era for the FIM JuniorGP World Championship, the biggest path on the “Road to MotoGP“. The championship’s list of illustrious graduates include last Sunday’s Spanish MotoGP pole and race winner, Francesco Bagnaia of Corse Ducati, 2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo of Team Monster Yamaha and muliti-World Champion Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda. The talent level is always unquestionably high. Last year’s Moto2 champion moved up to the Moto2 World Championship this year and has already achieved a pole position.
It will be Paz’s sophomore season in the championship having made his debut rookie season last year as part of the VR46 Master Camp Team after almost a decade of racing modified streetbikes in Asia. His results were respectable and encouraging considering it was his first time racing in Europe and first time to race a real GP bike. Moreover, he carried the pressure of being the Philippines’ first and only representative in Moto2 racing. The delight and inspiration that Paz and Yamaha gave to the local racing enthusiasts were enough to merit another year of racing at this high level.
This year, he will be moving to another front running team, Stylobike Racing Team and fully supported by Yamaha Philippines. After learning the ropes last year, Paz will be using a different bike again. Last year, he raced the first gen 600cc in-line 4 Moto2 engine. In 2022, he will be using the latest and more powerful 900cc triple engine Moto 2 racebike, the same design as those used in the current Moto2 World Championships. It will be faster and with more available torque.
He already tested with his new team and new bike last week and is looking forward to his first race of 2022 this May 8 at the Estoril Circuit. After that he will be racing in Ricardo-Tormo, Jerez, Algarve Autodromo, Motorland Aragon and finally back to Ricardo Tormo in October. As last year, he will be assisted and accompanied by Yamaha Motor Phillippines Mr. Jordan Cornista.
With a season under his belt and no new racetracks for him this year, we are confident thay Paz will outperfrom his 2021 rookie year results. You can watch the live stream of all his races from the FIM JuniorGP Youtube channel.
Thank you Yamaha Philippines and SEC Motosupply for supporting Kyle and keeping every Filipino’s MotoGP dream alive.
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