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Tetsuta Nagashima will return to action with Teluru Team JiR Webike for the final round of the 2014 Moto2™ World Championship, at this weekend’s Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The 22 year-old Japanese rider sustained a number of injuries from a crash during practice for the Silverstone race in August. After surgery in the UK, he was flown home to Japan where he began recuperation in the hope that he could return to the team before the final round of the year.
With the JiR squad making technical changes in the mean time - switching to the NTS-fabricated NH6 chassis and with other riders filling in - the young Japanese rider is now ready to be reunited with his team.
Nagashima commented, “Since my injury in the free practice at Silverstone at the end of August, I've been stressed by being absent from the races, but I've kept training hard so I could get back to the paddock as soon as possible. My physical condition has improved a lot over the last two months, and I'm certainly pleased to be back for the last race in Valencia. I do appreciate a lot of the efforts made by my team, NTS, and my sponsors for all their effort to make it happen, and I'm so excited to see them all again. I will use a different chassis, the NH6 made by NTS in Valencia which will be my first experience of it, but I'm happy that I will be able to be involved with the development of this new Japanese made chassis and I'm ready to give all my best to conclude the season.”
Team Principal Gianluca Montiron added, “For the Valencia race we welcome back our rider Tetsuta Nagashima who will have the possibility to dispute the last race of the season after his Silverstone injury. Sadly, 2014 will be remembered as the most unlucky season for us, since we have been involved in the MotoGP World Championship. Therefore I'm satisfied that I’m going to be at Valencia for the last effort of the team this season. For now JiR has decided to stop our high investment in young Japanese riders because it is clear that what we have completed the job requested of us. A special thanks to all our investors who had trust in the project and with the racing we must go on quickly to prepare a prosperous future for the team.”
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