The Japanese rider Tetsuta Nagashima has completed a positive test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.
Over the last few days Tetsuta has completed more than 700km on his Team JiR Moto2 machine which uses the Japanese TSR chassis. The tests were to introduce the new Honda engines and clutches which will be used throughout the 2014 season.
The 21-year-old – who raced with the official TSR team in the Japanese Grand Prix last season – made safe and steady progress, getting used to the new equipment and often changing his riding style to note how this effected the machine.
Gianluca Montiron – Team Principal
“We have been very satisfied with how Tetsuta has performed at Jerez. His best time was around the 1m 44.65s bracket, which although around 2.4s off the fastest time, has shown great improvement in his understanding of the new equipment and the tyres. He has made many laps testing all this equipment and the tyres and – as always being so young – he has had a real ‘attack’ style which we have tried to calm down and he did crash on the first day. At this stage of the season we really want him to take things easy! We all know the big differences he faces from a national to an international championship and we have seen massive improvements from him, especially in terms of riding style and the all-important corner-entry. He has also improved his consistency out there on track, so we are very happy.”
Tetsuta Nagashima – Rider
“We started with a good base setting from the last test so I was growing in confidence but then suffered an unfortunate crash after the first 20 minutes out on track! So from then I struggled a little but slowly worked my confidence back up with the bike and the new equipment. The test was mainly to look at the new engines and the official clutches we will be using during 2014. It’s always tough to adapt and sometimes a struggle to adjust to new things, but on the last day I received much help from Luca Montiron the team boss as he watched me out on track and gave me plenty of advice on riding style and how I can adapt to the new machinery. Now we look towards Qatar and another new track for us, but I am avidly visiting motogp.com and checking out the on-board lap videos!”
By the time the team line up on the grid for the 2014 season opener in Qatar, JiR and their rider will have endured a 3000km winter test session. The first race takes place on the weekend of March 21-23.