Jorge Martin takes first pole position in Moto2, Tetsuta Nagashima 8th on the grid
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team will be on the front row of the grid for the second Moto2 race of 2020, with Jorge Martin on pole at the Spanish GP. The Spaniard was the standout in a Q2 session that he dominated, on route to his first pole position in the intermediate class. Teammate Tetsuta Nagashima enjoyed a solid Saturday and will start from 8th position tomorrow.
In the 40-minute FP3, both riders improved their times from Friday. Jorge Martin was very competitive throughout the practice, placing second with a 1:41.197 – less than 1 tenth off the top spot. The Spaniard put in a total of 15 laps in the session. Tetsuta Nagashima worked steadily over his 19 laps. The Japanese rider was 4th with a personal best of 1:41.418, just 2 tenths behind his teammate.
Thanks to their times in FP3, Martin and Tetsuta went directly into Q2. The Spaniard led the session from start to end, achieving his first pole position in the Moto2 class (1:41.384) and the 21st of his career to date. Tetsuta Nagashima finished in 8th position, his 1:41.889 time putting him on the third row.
The 23-lap second Moto2 race of 2020 will get underway tomorrow at 12:20 pm local time.
88 JORGE MARTIN
“I am very happy. Yesterday was a difficult day but today we managed to take a big step forward, and I felt comfortable both in the morning – riding in milder temperatures – and in the afternoon – when it was much hotter. We are ready and we have a good pace that makes us able to fight for victory tomorrow. I’m going to give one hundred percent to get a strong result at this race.”
45 TETSUTA NAGASHIMA
“Qualifying did not go quite as we had expected, but I am happy with today. In FP3 we worked with tomorrow’s race in mind, and we showed that we have a good pace. We still have to finish fine tuning some things that will allow us to qualify better but, even so, I am ready for tomorrow. I will do my best and we’ll see what happens.”