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Nagashima To Debut This Weekend At Dutch TT
Posted by: newsla on Jun 24, 2014 - 04:51 PM
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Nagashima To Debut This Weekend At Dutch TT


Japanese rider Tetsuta Nagashima is savouring the thought of his debut at one of the most legendary MotoGP circuits - the Van Drenthe circuit in Assen.

 

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The track, known as the ‘Cathedral’ is home to round eight of the championship and is the only one that has staged a grand prix race every year since the start of the series back in 1949. Motorcycle racing began at the circuit back in 1925 on the 17.11 mile-long circuit. It was halved in length to 4.787 miles in 1955 and shortened again in 2002. Today it measures 2.882 miles in length but still features some of the original corners. Even today the Van Drenthe circuit is thought to be technical, fast and sometimes unforgiving, but always delivers good racing - whatever the weather. Traditionally the Dutch TT is held on the final Saturday in June and is one of Holland’s biggest sporting events.

Tetsuta and his JiR Webike team head to Assen with increased confidence following improvements in Barcelona, where the young rider made changes to his riding style. He has been studying video of the circuit so he can spend as little time as possible learning the circuit. The race on Saturday will be over 24 laps.

The weekend also is celebrated with the start of a new collaboration with team sponsors Webike. Webike are Japan’s largest online store of motorcycle parts and accessories and something very special dedicated to this collaboration of team and sponsor will be displayed on the team’s Moto2 machine over the weekend and be accessible online.

Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s team principal

"The forecast indicates that we will expect typical Assen weather during the coming race weekend and we’ll see if our rider is able to profit from this situation.For the Dutch TT we have received evolution parts from our partner TSR, a technical improvement which will permit to our rider to concentrate on his riding style.It’s around the middle of the season and is the time to see an improvement in Nagashima-san’s performance and even the difficult uncertain Assen weather condition should represent an opportunity for this."

Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider

"The little injury on my left fingers and left elbow which I sustained in Barcelona is nearly healed now so I'm in good shape again and ready for Assen this weekend. As I'm told by lots of people that Assen is one of the most technical and difficult circuit, I have been watching video of the track on MotoGP.com more than usual and trying to remember the layout of the track so I can hit the ground running in time for first practice. Since I've been trying to change my riding style race by race, I'm getting to have a better feeling now on the bike, so that I will keep working hard this weekend and do my best as always."


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