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Nagashima Makes Improvements At Catalunya
Posted by: newsla on Jun 15, 2014 - 02:43 PM
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Nagashima Makes Improvements At Catalunya


Japanese rider and Moto2 rookie Tetsuta Nagashima crashed during today’s Moto2 race at the Barcelona circuit of Catalunya, but leaves the circuit knowing that he’s made significant progress ahead of the next race.

 

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The 21-year-old Teluru team JiR Webike rider crashed on debris left from a previous incident with around five laps left in the race, but his consistency and lap times showed he’d made considerable progress over the weekend, which leaves both him and the team optimistic ahead of the race at Assen in two weeks time.

Today’s crash-strewn race was won by series leader Esteve Rabat, with Maverick Vinales second and former JiR rider Johann Zarco in third.

Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s team principal

“It was a real team effort today, as during warm-up Tetsuta crashed while chasing consistent times and it meant that the team had to work hard to give him a perfect bike in time for the race, but they did it. I think without that crash in the race this would have been the first time he would have finished within one minute of the race winner, and that shows some big improvement. As for the crash itself, we of course can be disappointed by this, but we also know that many other riders crashed there and this is racing. He has shown some real improvement and now we look forward to Assen where our chassis partners TSR will also be bringing some updated evolution parts for us to try. This is all part of the progress we need to make. It takes time, but you have to improve the rider’s consistency, then his outright speed, while also bringing better parts to improve the machine. With this in mind I think we can be satisfied with our work here at Catalunya this weekend.”

Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider: best lap 1m 49.270s

“Of course I am very disappointed by the crash so close to the end of the race, but I’m sure it was due to me hitting some debris from a previous crash which brought me down. Despite this, I can also think that before the crash I was keeping a good, consistent pace and if I had not have been taken off the bike in this way I would have scored my best result so far this year. This improvement has come from me altering my riding style somewhat, so I’m hopeful that we can keep moving forward in this way and get ourselves a good result at Assen, in the Netherlands.”

Catalunya, Spain Moto 2 results

1) Esteve RABAT – 41’ 23.197s

2) Maverick VINALES + 4.244s

3) Johann ZARCO + 11.157s

4) Mika KALLIO + 11.301s

5) Thomas LUTHI + 11.424s

23) Tetsuta NAGASHIMA + 1m 22.101s



World Championship after Catalunya GP:

1. Esteve RABAT – 149

2. Mika KALLIO – 115

3. Maverick VINALES – 89

4. Dominique AEGERTER – 71

5. Simone CORSI – 66



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