Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 return to action strong


Jorge Martin tops the combined timesheets at the Jerez test, with teammate Tetsuta Nagashima in 8th position.


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 bikes roared back into life this Wednesday at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, where an official test was held prior to the start of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. Today Jorge Martin transformed his desire to return to the competition into very strong lap times, ending the day as the fastest rider of the combined timesheets. Tetsuta Nagashima also showed that he is ready to go, and was eighth overall.

Jorge Martin has made the most of the two 40-minute sessions set aside for Moto2 category, and his morning work allowed him to improve his feeling on the bike. In the afternoon the Spaniard led the way, putting in the best time of 1:42.346. The 22-year-old rider completed a total of 33 laps of the Spanish circuit.

Tetsuta Nagashima focused on checking his fitness and feeling, upon his reunion with his Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 bike after 4 months apart. The Japanese rider posted a personal best of 1:42.669 from his total of 37. After a positive test, he feels motivated and ready to face the second race of the year.

The next time Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima will be on-board their Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 machines will be at the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain on Friday, July 17th.


Results – Moto2
1. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42:346
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:42.422 +0.076
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:42.462 +0.116
4. Luca Marini (Kalex) 1:42.485 +0.139
5. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:42.597 +0.251
8. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:42.669 +0.323



“It was a pretty positive day. This morning I found things a little tricky, especially on the first few laps, since going four months without riding this bike is a long time – and you can tell. However I think we did a great job, both in the first session and in the afternoon run out. We need to decide which tyres to use, as I think this will be the key this weekend. We have to keep working to finish fine-tuning some details and, if we get these right, we will be ready to fight for victory on Sunday.”


“Overall, today was positive, as I was finally able to get back on the bike and ride at a Grand Prix circuit. I felt good, although in the second session we had a small issue; even so, we continued to make constant improvement. We still have to decide which front tyre we are going to use and make some other decisions, so we will see how the weekend goes. For the moment, I am very happy to be here again.”