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Nagashima Takes Top 20 Finish At Difficult Dutch TT
Posted by: newsla on Jun 28, 2014 - 02:56 PM
Nagashima Takes Top 20 Finish At Difficult Dutch TT

Japanese rider Tetsuta Nagashima crashed twice during today’s Moto2 event at the Circuit Van Drenthe, but still managed to take his best result of the year.


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The 21-year-old Teluru team JiR Webike rider crashed on the sighting lap of the 24-lap Moto2 race after heavy rain began to fall on the circuit on the run-up to the race. He was not the only rider to be caught out by the conditions, as Franco Morbidelli also fell and series leader Esteve Rabat had crashed on his way out to the grid before the sighting lap. The race itself was held in slowly drying conditions and was led for most of the race by Simone Corsi, before he crashed out of the lead. Nagashima got as high as 18th osition with 15 laps to go, but crashed out at turn four on the same lap before remounting to finish 20th.

The race of attrition was finally won by Australian Anthony West – his first GP victory for 11 years – with Maverick Vinales second and Mika Kallio third. Series leader Rabat was down in eighth position at the flag.

Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s team principal

“I think in this race we had better expectations, as after a fantastic wet session at Mugello which saw Tetsuta fourth overall, we expected better in these conditions I think. Tetsu crashed at turn four on the sighting lap and the mechanics did a great job of making the bike ready for the race just minutes later as the right foot rest and brake pedal were damaged in the crash. In the race itself he showed some good rhythm, but he crashed again at turn four but remounted to finish in 20th place, our best position yet. I think we all expected better considering the conditions, which are a great leveller, but we also know that experience counts for so much and we know we need to continue to move forward and change things as we head to the second half of the season where we want to make further improvements. So, now we look forward to Sachsenring in two weeks time.”

Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider:best lap 1m 52.976s

“It was quite a critical condition for the start of the race as it started raining while we were all set on the grid, and we had to have another start procedure. Unfortunately I crashed immediately after I started to make a sighting lap in the second start procedure on the wet Tarmac as I had no feeling for the grip and there was nothing I could do. Fortunately my mechanics worked so very hard and repaired the machine on the grid which allowed me to start the race just in time. I had not enough grip feeling through all the race, and struggled a lot with big slides on the rear, and changed my riding style to adapt to it lap by lap, but I could not find a real solution. When the track had dried a bit, I started to have a better feeling, but crashed again when I tried to push harder. We only experienced one wet session in Mugello which was really good, and I'm disappointed that I could not have the same feeling here. It was really a disappointing result as I thought we might have better result in the wet, but we now try again for the next one.”

Assen, The Netherlands Moto 2 results

1) Anthony WEST – 46’ 02.089s

2) Maverick VINALES + 0.318s

3) Mika KALLIO + 0.743

4) Johann ZARCO + 7.300

5) Alex DE ANGELIS + 11.253s

20) Tetsuta NAGASHIMA + 1 lap

World Championship after Dutch TT:

1. Esteve RABAT – 157

2. Mika KALLIO – 131

3. Maverick VINALES – 109

4. Dominique AEGERTER – 71

5. Simone CORSI – 69

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