Moto2: 2022 rookie profile – Keminth Kubo
Thai rider Keminth Kubo joins the world championship in 2022 with the VR46 Master Camp team.
Keminth Kubo has been part of the VR46 Master Camp for four seasons now including 2022, he became associated with the VR46 brand after being picked for the annual VR46 Master Camp event in 2018 where riders across the globe are selected to train with various VR46 Riders Academy members including but not exclusively to Franco Morbidelli and Francesco Bagnaia.
He was the 2016 Motegi Road Racing Championship ST600 Champion and impressed over in the Asia Road Racing championship in 2017 and 2018 which allowed him to be selected for this event, following the event he would then be picked to race in the newly formed VR46 Master Camp Moto2 team racing in the CEV Moto2 series.
18-year-old Kubo ahead of his CEV Moto2 debut in 2019.
For 2019 the Thai rider packed his bags and embarked on a European adventure racing tracks he’d only ever seen on TV riding the stiff Moto2 Kalex chassis, he came home in a respectable P9 overall as a rookie in 2019, quickly getting to grips with the series taking multiple top 10 finishes with a best result of P6, he remained in the class for 2020 and would once again come home in P9 after missing the opening four races of the season, here he would take consistent top 5 finishes with a best result of P4.
2021 didn’t exactly go to plan with the talent of the class stepping up a level, despite this Kubo finished in P11 overall and once again matched his best result of P4 for the VR46 team, he also made his debut in the world championship at Catalunya in the Moto2 class for his team and came home in P26.
Kubo on the Master Camp machine on his World Championship debut at Catalunya.
The team have expanded their efforts for 2022 with their arrival into the world championship pairing Kubo up with extremely talented Spaniard Manuel Gonzalez, the pair are expected to use this year as a developmental season before pushing for results in 2023. Both riders are also racing with Yamaha contracts given that the manufacturer will take control of the project much like KTM in the Red Bull KTM Ajo teams, this unlocks the chance for both riders to be promoted to MotoGP with Yamaha provided the results back this up.
Featured images – Dorna / VR46 Master Camp Team