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Conditions Tough For Battling Nagashima In Argentina
Posted by: newsla on Apr 27, 2014 - 09:11 PM
Conditions Tough For Battling Nagashima In Argentina

Changing conditions hampered Teluru team JiR Webike’s Tetsuta Nagashima’s progress today in Argentina, but he finished the race, amassing more experience vital to his progression as a Moto2 rider.


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With the conditions being much cooler – the track temperature was just 21 degrees today for the race compared to 34 degrees for yesterday’s qualifying – the young Japanese rider found that he could not match his times of yesterday during today’s race.

The positives are that the 21-year-old did not crash out as some more seasoned riders did, but he stayed on to finish the race just behind some more experienced Moto2 riders, garnering more data and experience ahead of the next round at Jerez.

The race itself was won by Spaniard Esteve Rabat, who extends his championship lead. Xavier Simeon was second with Luis Salom third. Title hopeful Maverick Vinales crashed out of the race.

Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s Principal.

“Tetsuta made some lap times close to his times of yesterday, around two or three tenths slower, but the conditions were maybe more difficult than yesterday. Perhaps it’s a little inexperience on his part, but the gap to the leader at the end of the race was bigger than it has been at the previous event. We can now identify that we need to work harder to improve his performance in both practice and qualifying to chase a quick lap but also chase consistency across a range of conditions. When the conditions change on track a rider needs to adapt to this and this comes from experience. It was a difficult race for everyone though, to be honest.”

Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider: best lap 1m 46.250s

“It was a really difficult race and a frustrating race because everything was going well until this morning and I was ready to push harder in the race in a bid to get a point. For some reason, I had a completely different feeling in the race although we didn’t change any setting of the bike from this morning and I just struggled all the way through the race until the end. I knew that we had more chance to do well here as it was a new circuit to everyone hence my disappointment. We will find the problem and keep trying our best for the following races. Jerez is one of the two circuits that I have tested at this winter so we already have some data. I still need to find 1.5 seconds, so I need to concentrate and do what I have to do and try and be in good shape for giving my best again at Jerez.”

Circuito Termas de Rio Honda, Argentina Moto 2 results

1) Esteve RABAT – 40’ 06.114

2) Xavier SIMEON + 2.094s

3) Luis SALOM + 3.702s

4) Dominique AEGERTER + 4.868s

5) Simone CORSI + 5.010s

31) Tetsuta NAGASHIMA + 1m 08.978s

World Championship after Argentine GP:

1. Esteve RABAT – 70

2. Mika KALLIO – 42

3. Maverick VINALES – 38

4. Simone CORSI – 33

5. Dominique AEGERTER – 29

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