Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 focused on race day challenge

17/10/2020

Martin and Nagashima enter in Q2 and qualify on the third and fifth rows of the grid, respectively, for the Aragon Grand Prix.

 

The MotorLand Aragon circuit today hosted qualifying for the 11th round of the Moto2 World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo put in a solid performance, as Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima made it through Q1 with the top two spots. Finally, the Spaniard will start the Aragon Grand Prix from Row 3, in eighth position. His teammate will take off from the fifth row of the grid, in the 14th place.

In the morning, Martin used the 40-minute FP3 session to work on his setup with his crew, making various changes. The Spaniard put in 17 laps and on his penultimate attempt, he would stop the clock at 1:53.344, earning him 18th place. Teammate Nagashima continued to focus on regaining his good feeling with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 bike. The Japanese was one of the most hard-working riders on Saturday morning, with 18 laps completed. His fastest attempt was a 1:53.713 for 24th place.

Both Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders went through Q1, with Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima, taking the top two lap times. In Q2, the Spaniard would push for pole position, eventually claiming eighth place and a spot on the third row for tomorrow’s race with a 1:51.651 time. The Japanese rider will be 14th, his quickest lap being a 1:52.729.

The 21-lap Moto2 Aragon Grand Prix gets underway at 1:20 pm, one hour later than originally scheduled.

 

Results – QP
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:51.651
2. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:51.799 +0.148
3. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Speed Up) 1:51.870 +0.219
4. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:51.999 +0.348
5. Marcos Ramirez (Kalex) 1:52.166 +0.515
8. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52.235 +0.584
14. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52.729 +1.078

 

88 JORGE MARTIN

“I am happy about today. We suffered a lot this morning, but in the afternoon we made several changes to the bike and I felt much better. We took a big step forward, which is important. Tomorrow we will start from the third row of the grid, so we are well positioned to fight for the podium.”

45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA

“My feeling was better today than yesterday. I am still struggling a bit on the fast corners, as I am losing rear grip. However, it is important for the future that we keep taking steps forward. Tomorrow I will do my best, as always, and I will try to maintain a consistent pace. I hope I can be fighting for the top positions.”

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