Nagashima’s rise to changing into a Gargantuan Prix winner


From the All Japan Championship, to FIM CEV, to ready 70 Grands Prix, to lastly tasting victory

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Tetsuta Nagashima needed to attend seventy Grands Prix all over seven years sooner than lastly tasting victory in Sunday’s QNB Gargantuan Prix of Qatar. The Jap rider has needed to fight his manner to the pinnacle, receiving a helping hand from some necessary figures along the vogue.

First to reduction Nagashima on his manner to Gargantuan Prix success used to be the man he devoted his debut snatch to, his late buddy Shoya Tomizawa: “He’s my hero consequently of when I started racing, I did it with him. I continuously adopted him from pocket bikes, to minibikes, to the All Japan Championship the build we had been in the identical team.”

Emotional Nagashima dedicates debut snatch to Shoya Tomizawa 08/03/2020

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider displays on his relationship with the late Jap rider and talks us through his snatch at Losail

Tomizawa’s advice and aid as a teammate played a necessary part in Nagashima being crowned the 2011 GP-Mono All Japan Dual carriageway Shuffle Champion, runner-up in the 2012 J-GP3 Championship after which sixth in the 2013 J-GP2 Championship on the helm of a TSR. It used to be with this bike with which he made his World Championship debut on the Jap Gargantuan Prix in the identical yr as part of the JiR Team. He would in the end have faith the speed in 20th.

This skills would indicate to be serious, as Nagashima used to be selected to speed for the team corpulent-time when compatriot Kohta Nozane elected no longer to compete all around the 2014 season. His performances in the course of 2014 didn’t manufacture him a 2nd yr on the enviornment stage so Nagashima took the step attend into the FIM CEV European Moto2™ Championship. A top-eight have faith in all nonetheless two rounds, plus podium finishes in two of the most realistic likely three races, caught the hunt for of Aki Ajo who signed him up to his Ajo Motorsport Academy for the 2016 Championship.

From FIM CEV Repsol to the Moto2™ World Championship 03/12/2019

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2016 would indicate to be a key yr for Nagashima beneath the tutorship of Aki Ajo, with eight rostrums, in conjunction with a debut victory on the most realistic likely spherical of the yr in Valencia, helping him to 2nd in the Championship and, consequently, a seat in the World Championship corpulent-time for 2017. He signed up with the Teluru SAG Team, leaving Aki Ajo’s aspect for now, the build he made late development all yr lengthy, topped off by a first top ten have faith on the penultimate spherical in Malaysia.

In 2018, he moved all over to the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia squad, signed to substitute Takaaki Nakagami who made the step up to the premier class. Within the first half of of the season, the 27-yr-historical managed valid two parts-scoring finishes. He performed in the parts in five of the most realistic likely six races of the season, in conjunction with a recent profession-most realistic likely of eighth on the Thai Gargantuan Prix, nonetheless he moved attend to the SAG Team for 2019.

2019 used to be to be his be most realistic likely yr to this level, making a additional step by on a common basis competing throughout the pinnacle ten and even claiming two top-five finishes at Dutch TT and British GP. A debut pole area on the Red Bull Ring and two additional entrance-row starts along the vogue used to be a key indicator that Nagashima used to be ready to have faith that subsequent step and be a podium contender.

A series of dominos on the conclusion of the 2019 season supposed Nagashima teamed up with an historical buddy. Brad Binder used to be promoted to the manufacturing unit KTM squad with Iker Lecuona, previously signed up to the KTM Moto2™ team, replacing him at Red Bull KTM Tech 3. Aki Ajo then picked up the phone and introduced on board an historical buddy in the originate of Tetsuta Nagashima for the 2020 Moto2™ World Championship and the remainder is history.  

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