Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 make notable improvement on race day25/10/2020
Jorge Martin concludes the Teruel Grand Prix in sixth position; Tetsuta Nagashima climbs 14 places and finishes 14th in Aragon.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 today ended two weeks of intense work at MotorLand Aragon track with a 21-lap Grand Prix of Teruel. Jorge Martin took a step forward on Sunday and made a solid comeback from 12th position on the grid, hunting down the group battling for the Top 5 and finishing sixth. His teammate, Tetsuta Nagashima, was 14th, passing 14 riders after being forced off track earlier in the contest.
Jorge Martin made a strong start from the fourth row of the grid. The Spaniard began to set a good pace that allowed him to progressively climb positions, reaching the group fighting for the Top 5 at the halfway mark. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider stood his ground in an intense fight, before the pack was broken and he was left riding alone. He crossed the finish line in a hard fought sixth place.
Luck was not on Nagashima’s side today. At the first corner he was caught up in an incident that forced him to run off the track. The Japanese lost a lot of distance to the frontrunners as a result, but refused to throw in the towel and continued to work hard to try to catch up with rivals and climb positions. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider made a strong comeback to move from 28th to 14th at the end of the race.
After the third triple-header of 2020, Jorge Martin occupies 5th position in the Moto2 World Championship with 105 points. Tetsuta Nagashima is 7th with 81. Red Bull KTM Ajo will be back in action in two weeks’ time, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit from November 6-8th.
Results – Race
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 39:27.645
2. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Speed Up) +8.425
3. Enea Bastianini (Kalex) +10.871
4. Remy Gardner (Kalex) +12.657
5. Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) +13.006
6. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.766
14. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +26.685
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2019 – Riders
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 178 points
2. Enea Bastianini (Kalex) 171 points
3. Luca Marini (Kalex) 155 points
4. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 130 points
5. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 105 points
7. Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 81 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“After the podium we took last week, we hoped to be able to fight for top positions again today. However, if we consider that Jorge [Martin], started from 12th place, finishing sixth is a good result for him. As for Tetsuta [Nagashima], he had a tough Grand Prix since Friday and he was also very far back on the grid. Then you add the incident in which he had to make a save on the first corner. The positive thing is that he was able to recover during the race and cap a solid performance.”
88 JORGE MARTIN
“I’m happy with the race we had. It’s a pity that we started so far back, as today our pace was good and similar to that of the riders at the front. In the middle part of the contest I had a little setback, as a mosquito got into my helmet and it prevented me from seeing well. That made me lose some time, although in the final stages I was able to set fast laps, so I feel satisfied.”
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“It was a pity about the incident we suffered at the start of the race. Nevertheless, we were able to show a good pace. The problem was starting from so far back; we have to improve our performance in Free Practice and in qualifying because, if we manage to start further ahead, we will save ourselves a lot of incidents. At the next contest in Valencia we will work to make this possible. Both the team and I will do our best to try to finish the season with a positive result.”