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Team JiR And Nagashima Head To Qatar For Opening Round!
Posted by: newsla on Mar 20, 2014 - 06:03 AM
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Team JiR And Nagashima Head To Qatar For Opening Round!


Team JiR and their Japanese rider Tetsuta Nagashima head to Doha and the first round of the Moto2 World Championship.

 

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The first race of the 18-round MotoGP series takes place at the Losail circuit, near Qatar’s capital city of Doha. Since being built in 2003, the circuit has become famous for hosting the first ever floodlit MotoGP race in 2008. At 3.34-miles in length (5.380km) it is one of the longest in MotoGP, with a challenging series of corners made all the more difficult with the desert sand making grip levels an issue.

This will mark the full baptism of fire for the 21-year-old, even though he raced with the official TSR team in the Japanese Grand Prix last season and has endured 3000km of testing.

Gianluca Montiron – Team Principal
“We have another season to look forward to and we have some good expectations of our rider. He is young and we know he will have to learn a lot over the course of the season but we hope to see improvements and results that will come. I’m curious to see how he approaches this Qatar race. The Tarmac you find on Japanese circuits have a lot of grip and now we will truly see how he handles the differing grip levels offered by European race circuits and then he also has to adapt to the tyres too. We hope that by mid-season he will be scoring some points. We know that this judgment of results to come is more difficult compared to previous years as Tetsuta is young, but he is one of the best young Japanese riders and we cannot just give him a race-by-race chance, this needs to be part of a full, long-term programme and in this we have the support of our partners. We will – during the whole season – be involving all our valued partners in a series of commercial collaborations which will marry their businesses with the unique dynamic offered by the Moto2 World Championship. For example, we are very proud that our Moto2 machine will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show just after Qatar. Everything is new for 2014 and we look forward to the season hoping that everything combines together perfectly.”

Tetsuta Nagashima – Rider
“So now the waiting is over and I am excited to be looking forward to my first race. We have had a long period of testing and I’ve seen some ups and downs but my confidence is strong following our recent test at Jerez. Sometimes it’s been a struggle to adapt to all the new things I’ve had to get used to but now we go racing. I’ve had the full help of all my team and Luca Montiron so now we look at Qatar for the first race. I have been looking forward to Qatar as it’s another new track for us, but I have been visiting motogp.com and checking out the on-board lap videos in a bid to get used to the layout of the circuit. It looks exciting – especially racing in the dark. Let’s hope for a good first race.”


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