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Nagashima Enjoys Fierce On-Track Battles In Spain
Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 03:51 PM
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Nagashima Enjoys Fierce On-Track Battles In Spain


Japanese newcomer to the Moto2 championship – Tetsuta Nagashima – enjoyed some fierce on-track battles during today’s Moto2 race, signifying the 21-year-old is gaining vital experience in the class.

 

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As well as battling with Moto2 riders with considerably more experience than himself, the Teluru team JiR Webike rider found his race times were more consistent than in the previous three rounds and now the team looks forward to the next race in a bid to fine-tune the Team JiR/TSR Moto2 machine more to his liking.

Today’s race was won by Finnish rider Mika Kallio, who led from the first lap. Second was Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter with Jonas Folger taking his debut podium in third position. Title leader Esteve Rabat was fourth. There is now a two-week break before the MotoGP circus heads to France and the Le Mans circuit.

Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s Principal.

“Today was not so bad as for us it was the first race where our rider was fighting with a group of other riders. He was also able to lead the group and his lap times were consistent. His gap to the leader at the end of the race was still over a minute, but the work we did this weekend was to be more consistent in both practice and the race and he enjoyed being able to fight with the group in front of him and he was able to be consistent. We know that he needs more experience to set the bike up and understand the character of the Moto2 machine but we are more confident now going forward. We now need to go to the next races in a similarly positive way. Moving forward will be a case of going to the next races in a similar, structured way and the hard work of the team will help Tetsuta increase his performance as we aim for higher targets towards the middle of the season.”

Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider: best lap 1m 45.102s

“My start wasn’t too bad but as I was starting from the rear, I couldn’t cut through the pack ahead and that made me stay in the final group. Among this group I wanted to be near the front, so I pushed hard to do this. I was happy to lead the group as it is good for my confidence although I was still having problems with rear traction. Thankfully we have some testing booked before the next round at Le Mans so I hope we will solve these issues. I’m quite happy with how the race went and for the first time I could make a good battle with the other riders, so I want to improve myself and fight more with the riders ahead of me so I can learn.”

Circuito de Jerez, Spain Moto 2 results

1) Mika KALLIO – 44’ 56.004

2) Dominique AEGERTER + 2.434s

3) Jonas FOLGER + 3.668s

4) Esteve RABAT + 5.431s

5) Maverick VINALES + 9.786s

22) Tetsuta NAGASHIMA + 1m 03.716s

World Championship after Spanish GP:

1. Esteve RABAT – 83

2. Mika KALLIO – 67

3. Maverick VINALES – 49

4. Dominique AEGERTER – 49

5. Simone CORSI – 33


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