Japanese rider Tetsuta Nagashima can take plenty of positives from today’s performance at the Sachsenring as he heads towards a well-earned Summer break.
With a best lap time three tenths quicker than his qualifying performance, a final position less than a minute from the eventual winner and greater consistency aboard his Teluru team JiR Webike Moto2 machine despite issues at the start, the 22-year-old will now have a three-week break before the Indianapolis round. During his break Tetsuta will subject himself to some rigorous on-bike training aimed at allowing him to change his riding style during a race and he will also take part in the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race before returning to Moto2 duty with his team in the second week of August.
At the head of the field, pole-man Dominique Aegerter slipped in to take his first win from long-time race leader Mika Kallio, who reduces the championship lead of his team-mate Esteve Rabat – who took fourth position – to 19 points. In third place was former JiR rider Simone Corsi.
Gianluca Montiron, Teluru team JiR Webike’s team principal
“I think this was the first race in which we’ve seen Tetsuta show a really good rhythm where he is able to ride at the same lap time for most of the race. Also, for I think the first time he has finished less than a minute behind the eventual winner also, which is positive. I think now we need to take this rhythm in the race and put it together with a higher grid position and a better start. This will affect the end result enormously. We saw yesterday that he crashed towards the end of qualifying and this compromises our grid position. Looking at the positives we see greater consistency and rhythm but I wish we could start further up the grid, but I think this will come with more experience. When we see what we did here in 2011 we were a second faster, we are racing an improvement of that actual chassis but we were a second faster then. This shows that the potential we need to unlock lies in the rider and we need to do this step-by-step. If we have a negative to look at in the first part of this season it includes crashing at the wrong time – such as at the end of qualifying – so moving forward for the next race we will be unlocking more speed and matching it with that improved consistency that Tetsuta has shown today.”
Tetsuta Nagashima, Teluru team JiR Webike’s rider:best lap 1m 26.311s
“Immediately after the start at the first corner a rider crashed right in front of me and to avoid this rider I had to back off a little bit and this pushed me down to the last group. The track is very narrow here and it’s hard to overtake the other riders so I took a few laps to overtake them all. Although after overtaking the group I could finally catch up to my own pace and could ride consistently until the end of the race which gave me good confidence for the forthcoming races after the summer break. I’m still struggling to find the rear grip that I need, but I was very happy overall for today’s race as it was positive for me. I would like to thank the team for all their hard work during this first half of the season and for this weekend also. I’m going back to Japan now for the Suzuki 8-Hour endurance race at the end of the month so I have another chance to ride a superbike and I want to have more training on a supermoto machine so I will train hard in the next three weeks so we are back in much better shape for the next race.”
Sachsenring, Germany Moto 2 results
1) Dominique AEGERTER – 41’ 12.461s
2) Mika KALLIO + 0.091s
3) Simone CORSI + 10.514s
4) Esteve Rabat + 10.666s
5) Maverick VINALES + 11.418s
22) Tetsuta NAGASHIMA + 52.832s
World Championship after German GP:
1. Esteve RABAT – 170
2. Mika KALLIO – 151
3. Maverick VINALES – 120
4. Dominique AEGERTER – 96
5. Simone CORSI – 85