Tetsuta Nakashima bagged his maiden Moto2 victory a decade after close friend Shoya Tomizawa did the exact same thing when the class made its debut in Qatari desert.
Nagashima started from 14th place and managed to hold his spot on the opening lap. Little by little, the Japanese rider moved up the order thanks to his superior pace.
Past the halfway mark, Nagashima reached eighth, and with three laps remaining he took the lead.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider then established an advantage of more than a second that allowed him to claim the inaugural victory of 2020.
“I still don’t believe it, I feel like I’m in a dream. I want to thank the team because they have trusted me from the first moment we joined forces, and have worked very hard to make this possible,” said Nagashima.
“I’m very happy because it is my first victory in Moto2. From the first session we worked to prepare for the race and in the end that effort paid off. It was a perfect weekend.”
Team boss Aki Ajo added: “Tetsuta had an incredible performance. During the winter tests, he already showed great potential to be up at the front, and today he did it again. The pace he set throughout the race was impressive, and he was deserving of the victory.”