Tetsuta Nagashima concludes San Marino GP empty-handed13/09/2020
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider is unable to finish at Misano due to a crash on the final lap.
The 25-lap seventh race of the Moto2 World Championship took place on Sunday at Misano. Red Bull KTM Ajo and Tetsuta Nagashima experienced an unexpected end to the San Marino Grand Prix, as on the final lap the Japanese rider crashed out when in eighth place. Nagashima had shown great race pace, catching and passing rivals steadily.
Due to penalties and injuries for other competitors, Tetsuta Nagashima started the contest from seventh on the grid. However, on the first corner the Japanese lost several places and the leading group broke away from him. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider rode alone for a spell, gradually passing isolated other rivals to move up into eighth. Unfortunately, a crash at Turn 3 of the last lap prevented him from finishing the race.
After the San Marino Grand Prix, Tetsuta Nagashima occupies 5th position in the Moto2 World Championship with 68 points. Jorge Martin, who missed the GP, is 4th with 79. The next round for Red Bull KTM Ajo is next week at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix takes place from September 18-20th.
Results – (Moto2 Race)
1. Luca Marini (Kalex) 40:41.774
2. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) +0.799
3. Enea Bastianini (Kalex) +0.897
4. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) +2.177
5. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +8.307
DNF Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2020
1. Luca Marini (Kalex) 112 points
2. Enea Bastianini (Kalex) 95 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 85 points
4. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 79 points
5. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 68 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“It was not our best Sunday in Moto2. We only had one rider, since Jorge Martin was not able to participate at this Grand Prix. It was not an easy weekend for Tetsuta [Nagashima] either, although finally he looked confident during the race, catching other competitors and passing them. Unfortunately, he could not finish due to the crash.”
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“I want to apologise to the team and to the fans, because on the last lap I made a small mistake and I couldn’t avoid a crash. However, I am happy with the pace that we showed in the race today, as throughout this GP I never had a good feeling. The positive is that next week we have another opportunity here at Misano, where we will work hard to improve and ride at the front.”