Nagashima places twenty-third at Aragon26/09/2016
Ajo Motorsport Academy rider concludes Moto2 World Championship wildcard appearance with positive feeling.
Tetsuta Nagashima completed his first wildcard appearance of the season with a positive race at MotorLand Aragon. The Japanese rider, currently third in the Moto2 European Championship, was able to ride with a good pace and was involved in a race-long battle with more experienced riders to finish 23rd.
Starting from 21st on the grid, Nagashima was overtaken by several riders in the early going. However, he managed to remain calm and move back up to 22nd in short order. After a fight with two riders to maintain the position, he crossed the finish line 23rd.
The Ajo Motorsport Academy rider, who had already participated in the Moto2 World Championship in 2013 and 2014, will have a second wildcard opportunity of the season in three-weeks time when the series heads to Japan.
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 40:00.885
2. Alex Marquez (Kalex) +3.289
3. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) +3.321
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +5.181
5. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) +10.722
23. Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Academy) +42.019
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“It’s been a difficult weekend for me in the Moto2 World Championship. The start was a bit chaotic, as many riders went across me and I found it hard to keep the position. After a few laps I pushed my hardest and managed to recover positions. What we have learned from this experience is that I have room for improvement and I have to keep training hard. Overall, this wildcard in Aragon has been very positive; in a week’s time I will race at Jerez with the Moto2 European Championship, and I am sure that having ridden in the World Championship will help me to compete better. I am also looking forward to Motegi, because there I will ride at my home race in the Moto2 World Championship –at a track I know very well. I hope to be able to give my all in the coming races.”