Nagashima wins in Valencia to take Moto2 runner-up spot20/11/2016
The Ajo Academy rider takes his first win of the season in the last race, viagra ending the year as the Moto2 European Championship runner-up.
The Ajo Motorsport Academy finished the Moto2 European Championship season in style this Sunday, story with a first victory for rider Tetsuta Nagashima at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. The Japanese rider, drug who suffered an injury at the same track in the first round of the year, put the demons to bed with an excellent performance throughout the weekend. The win also gives Nagashima the runner-up spot in the overall standings for 2016.
Qualifying on Saturday saw Nagashima claim second place on the starting grid –his sixth front row spot of the season. In the first session he was second with a time of 1:36.127, and he repeated the position in QP2 with a 1:36.401.
After a poor start in the race that relegated him to sixth place on the first lap, Nagashima latched onto the lead group. Fighting for victory along with five other riders, the Japanese took the lead and tried to break away thanks to his great pace. In the final stretch he was able to ride by himself, and cross the finish line alone for his first win of the season.
Thanks to the result, the Ajo Academy rider was crowned Moto2 European Championship runner-up for 2016, with 162 points.
Results – Race
1. Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Academy) 30:48.057
2. Eric Granado (Kalex) +1.773
3. Ricard Cardus (Transfiormers) +4.117
4. Alan Techer (NTS NH-6) +4.160
5. Augusto Fernandez (Tech3) +8.795
FIM CEV Moto2 Championship Standing 2016
1. Steven Odendaal (Kalex) 206 points
2. Tetsuta Nagashima (Ajo Academy) 162 points
3. Alan Techer (NTS NH-6) 162 points
4. Eric Granado (Kalex) 129 points
5. Augusto Fernandez (Tech3) 98 points
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“I am very happy to have achieved the victory and the runner-up spot. It was very cold today and in the opening moments of the race I was not able to push my hardest, because it would have been a little dangerous. I tried to be intelligent; on the sixth lap I began to push, I managed to get the lead and, in the end, I was able to take my first win of the season. I am very happy about this result, and I want to thank the team for all their efforts and work over the weekend to make it possible.”