Double podium at Motorland Aragon for Tetsuta Nagashima29/05/2016
Ajo Academy rider places 2nd and 3rd in Moto2 European Championship round and holds third place in the overall standings.
Tetsuta Nagashima returned to the podium at Motorland Aragon, placing on the rostrum twice and putting his failure to score points at the first round of the FIM CEV series behind him. In the first race, the Japanese rider was close to taking victory, placing second, and in Race 2 he was third.
It was a weekend of good results for the Ajo Academy team, as on Saturday Nagashima earned a spot on the front row of the grid in qualifying. Starting from third in Race 1, the Japanese rider recovered after a poor start to move up the order. Riding in a group of four riders battling for the win, he finished runner-up.
The second race was affected by a serious incident on Lap 1, bringing out the red flag. The race resumed with a distance of just 10 laps, during which Steven Odendaal, Alan Techer and Nagashima competed for the lead throughout. Nagashima eventually crossed the line third.
The Ajo Academy rider also occupies third in the overall standings with 36 points, having finished only two of the four races this season. The Moto2 European Championship returns to action on June 12th, with the third event of the season -a double-header at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Results FIM CEV Moto2 Race 1
1. Steven Odendaal (Kalex) 29:08.156
2. Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Academy) +2.374
3. Alan Techer (NTS NH-6) +2.374
4. Augusto Fernandez (Tech3) +4.324
5. Samuele Cavaliere (Kalex) +17.952
Results FIM CEV Moto2 Race 2
1. Steven Odendaal (Kalex) 19:1.683
2. Alan Techer (NTS NH-6) +0.156
3. Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Academy) +0.484
4. Augusto Fernandez (Tech3) +4.249
5. Remy Gardner (Kalex) +4.464
Moto2 European Championship Standing 2016
1. Steven Odendaal (Kalex) 95 points
2. Alan Techer (NTS NH-6) 72 points
3. Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Academy) 36 points
4. Eric Granado (Kalex) 35 points
5. Bertin Thibaut (Dunlop) 33 points
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“In the first race I pushed hard to get to the front, but a few mistakes meant I was unable to win. Nevertheless, second place is a very good result. The second race was tough; it was hard to pass other riders and I did not set a good pace, so Odendaal and Techer got away from me a little. Once I had passed Remy Gardner and placed third, I improved my pace and gained more confidence. I’m happy with the two podiums we took here in Aragon after the bad luck we had in Valencia, I want to thank the team for the great job they have done this weekend”