Jorge Martin leads the way in second day of testing in Qatar

29/02/2020

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders complete fruitful Saturday of work at the Losail International Circuit.

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 continued with their workplan on Day 2 of the Official Test in Qatar. Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima focused on set up adjustments on the penultimate day of the 2020 preseason, with the Spaniard being the fastest man on the combined timesheets. The Japanese rider, on the other hand, took further steps forward on Saturday.

After a positive opening day, Martin continued with a good feeling today, heading the overall timesheets and going more than 3 tenths quicker than his nearest rival. The Spaniard was able to lower his personal best from Friday by almost a second and clocked the fastest time of the final session with a 1:58:655. On his 53 laps today, Martin made long runs in which he showed a good pace, despite suffering a small crash.

On the other side of the box, Nagashima continued to gain experience with his 2020 bike, putting in a total of 53 laps. Tetsuta and his team worked today on the synergy between bike and rider, and the Japanese talent felt more comfortable by the close of the action. With a best time of 1:59.499, Nagashima finished Saturday in 14th place.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will face the last day of preseason tomorrow, ahead of the first race of the year at the Qatari track.

 

Combined Standings – Day 2
1. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58:655
2. Remy Gardner (Kalex) 1:58.985 +0.330
3. Nicolo Bulega (Kalex) 1:59.062 +0.407
4. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 1:59.066 +0.411
5. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) 1:59.111 +0.456
14. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:59.499 +0.844

 

88 JORGE MARTIN

“I’m happy, since it was a very positive Saturday. We found it a little hard to start with and I even had a small crash. However, as the day went by and the conditions of the track became more similar to those we will encounter in the race, I felt much better. We did a very long run, setting a great pace and, in addition, we were fast over a single lap with a new tyre. We have to continue working in this way, constantly taking steps forward, and we will come into the first race of 2020 ready.”

45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA

“I felt very strong today. We still have to improve a little in terms of pace, although our lap by lap right now is good. The most important thing is that the feeling we had on Saturday was much better; we found the way forward. Tomorrow we will try to keep improving and we will look to lower our lap time. The objective is to finish this test prepared for the first contest of the year.”

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