Jorge Martin ends season with 6th place in closely fought Portuguese GP, Nagashima 14th
The 2020 campaign came to an end this Sunday with the Portuguese Grand Prix, bringing down the curtain on a fourth season for Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto2. Jorge Martin was sixth in what was his last race in the intermediate class, after two years in which he claimed two victories, six podiums and one pole position with the team. Tetsuta Nagashima had a good start to the race and finished the final contest in 14th position.
Martin made a great start from the second row of the grid, slotting into third on the first corner. The Spaniard was involved in an early fight with other riders in the chasing group, contesting second place. The pack broke up midway through the race, and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent remained in the battle for the Top 4. With 10 laps to go, a scare that saw him nearly crash meant that he lost ground, but he would then regroup with his fastest lap of the contest. Martin eventually concluded the round in sixth, ending a year in which he took two victories and further four podiums.
Nagashima started from the fourth row of the grid, in 10th position, and pushed hard from the beginning to climb up to seventh place. The Japanese joined up with the chasing group but was left behind by them past the middle phase of the race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider would take the chequered flag 14th.
Following the last Grand Prix, Jorge Martin ends his time in the Moto2 class 5th in the World Championship with 160 points. Tetsuta Nagashima concludes the year 8th with 91.
“I’m happy with the race we had. It was a shame that it was tough for me to overtake today, but I’m satisfied to complete a great weekend. I want to thank the team for these two years together, because I have always felt very well supported. Thanks to them, I have grown as a rider and as a person. I hope they do well in the future!”
“I’m not satisfied with the race, because after a highside I felt pain in my shoulders, and I wasn’t able to push very hard again. However, that’s racing, and these things can happen. I want to thank the team for this season together. I was hoping for a slightly better result to end the year, but it was a bit tough. The important thing is that we never gave up and gave our 100%.”