6th place finish for Jorge Martin in Teruel GP, Tetsuta Nagashima 14th
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 today ended two weeks of intense work at MotorLand Aragon track with a 21-lap Grand Prix of Teruel. Jorge Martin took a step forward on Sunday and made a solid comeback from 12th position on the grid, hunting down the group battling for the Top 5 and finishing sixth. His teammate, Tetsuta Nagashima, was 14th, passing 14 riders after being forced off track earlier in the contest.
Jorge Martin made a strong start from the fourth row of the grid. The Spaniard began to set a good pace that allowed him to progressively climb positions, reaching the group fighting for the Top 5 at the halfway mark. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider stood his ground in an intense fight, before the pack was broken and he was left riding alone. He crossed the finish line in a hard fought sixth place.
Luck was not on Nagashima’s side today. At the first corner he was caught up in an incident that forced him to run off the track. The Japanese lost a lot of distance to the front-runners as a result, but refused to throw in the towel and continued to work hard to try to catch up with rivals and climb positions. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider made a strong comeback to move from 28th to 14th at the end of the race.
After the third triple-header of 2020, Jorge Martin occupies 5th position in the Moto2 World Championship with 105 points. Tetsuta Nagashima is 7th with 81. Red Bull KTM Ajo will be back in action in two weeks’ time, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit from November 6-8th.
“I’m happy with the race we had. It’s a pity that we started so far back, as today our pace was good and similar to that of the riders at the front. In the middle part of the contest I had a little setback, as a mosquito got into my helmet and it prevented me from seeing well. That made me lose some time, although in the final stages I was able to set fast laps, so I feel satisfied.”
“It was a pity about the incident we suffered at the start of the race. Nevertheless, we were able to show a good pace. The problem was starting from so far back; we have to improve our performance in Free Practice and in qualifying because, if we manage to begin further ahead, we will save ourselves a lot of incidents. At the next contest in Valencia we will work to make this possible. Both the team and I will do our best to try to finish the season with a positive result.”