Both Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders on front row in Austria22/08/2020
Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima will start the sixth round of 2020 from second and third on the grid, respectively.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 enjoyed a positive Saturday at the Grand Prix of Styria, with the team’s two riders both placing on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. Jorge Martin went straight through to Q2, after dominating FP3 and claimed second place in the qualifying session. Tetsuta Nagashima made it through Q1, before taking third position in Qualifying 2.
In the morning, Jorge Martin was unstoppable, setting a new circuit record with a spectacular 1:28.501. Thanks to this time, the Spaniard finished the FP3 in first position and he topped the combined Free Practice timesheets. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent completed a total of 20 laps of the Austrian track, whilst teammate, Tetsuta Nagashima, rode 22 laps. The Japanese showed remarkable progress from Friday, and took 15th with a 1:29.080.
In Qualifying 2, Jorge Martin set the second fastest time: 1:28.905, just 1 tenth of a second slower than the poleman. The Spaniard will be joined on the front row by his teammate, Tetsuta Nagashima, who was second in Q1 and then claimed third in Q2 with a 1:29.157. It is his best Saturday result of the season so far.
The 25-lap Moto2 Grand Prix of Styria will take place tomorrow at 12:20 pm, local time.
Results – QP
1. Aron Canet (Speed Up) 1:28.787
2. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:28.905 +0.118
3. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:29.157 +0.370
4. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 1:29.168 +0.381
5. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:29.177 +0.390
88 JORGE MARTIN
“It was a great day. Getting on the front row was our goal, and we achieved it. We also have a good pace for tomorrow’s race. It will be important to push from the start and try to break away, so that the leading group is not as large. We are ready and very motivated to continue scoring points for the title chase.”
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“I am happy with how today went. I want to thank the team, as the last two weekends were quite difficult, but thanks to their help, we are finally back up at the front. We have taken a big step forward compared to yesterday and we have a good pace for the race, although my teammate is also very strong. We still have the warm-up in which to try a few more things, and to get that extra boost that we need.”