In-form Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team ready to finish 2020 on a high18/11/2020
Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima head to the Portuguese Grand Prix, the fifteenth and final round of the season.
Red Bull KTM Ajo move on to Portimão, Portugal, where this weekend they will contest the last round of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship. The Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit brings to a close a season that both Jorge Martin and Tetsuta Nagashima want to sign off with a great performance. The team are in top form, having been on the podium three times over the last four rounds through Martin.
The winner of the Valencia Grand Prix, Jorge Martin, comes into the season finale highly motivated. His last-lap overtaking earned him a second victory of the year, and the Spaniard wants to carry that form over to Portugal, a new track for him, in order to challenge for the trophy this weekend. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider is currently fifth in the Moto2 World Championship with 150 points.
Nagashima made a strong fight back in last Sunday’s race, climbing 11 positions to finish 12th. He will look to take a step forward in qualifying this time around, in order to be able to fight for a good result in Portugal. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider knows the Portuguese track well, thanks to his time in the FIM CEV: in 2016 he was on the podium with a second place, and in 2015 he raced twice, finishing both contests inside the Top 15. Nagashima is seventh in the overall standings with 89 points.
The 23-lap Moto2 Portuguese Grand Prix race gets underway at 12:20 pm local time on Sunday.
Circuit information – Algarve International Circuit
Length: 4.6 km / 2.85 miles
Width: 18 metres / 59.06 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 969 m / 3179.13 ft.
88 JORGE MARTIN
“I’m really looking forward to the Portuguese Grand Prix. It will be my last race with the team and I want to bring them a good result to thank them for these two years together. We have done an incredible job this season and we have always given one hundred percent, and this is what I will take away from this campaign. I have never ridden at Portimão, so it will be a beautiful event. We have to be skilful to adapt quickly and well to the track.”
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“In Portugal, we are going to take all the positives from the last Grand Prix and apply them this weekend. Both the team and I are going to focus on getting a better qualifying position on Saturday, which will allow us to start from higher up on the grid and be able to fight for the top places. I know Portimão from my time in the FIM CEV and it is quite a good track. It’s like a roller coaster and it’s a fun circuit. I will do my best and work very hard to try to finish the last race of the year on the podium.”