Before the start of the qualifying practice Bo Bendsneyder already knew he would be put back four places on the startgrid tomorrow. He again was penalized for slowing up during free practice three. The penalty, wich was introduced last season is meant to avoid dangerous situations on the track, by riders slowing up to try and catch a fast group of riders trying to get in a fast lap. Aki Ajo teammanager of the Red Bull KTM team was very clear: “We know the rule is in play, sometimes maybe ruled in to easily, but we have to deal with that. A real shame for Bo, and maybe we could say it is lack of experience, but other, more experienced riders were penalized aswell.” The predicted thunderstorms were staying away and the Moto3 field could start their qualifying practice under almost perfect conditions, a little cooler than yesterday on a track that was completely clean on the raceline. Right from the start of the session it’s Brad Binder at the top of the timesheets. Only pipped one time by Malaysian Pawi. Binder puts in a 1.49,767 in his second run, the only lap under 1.50. Bo Bensneyder is twelfth after his first run. During the session Bo betters his personal best, but isn’t able to crack the 1.51 barrier, he is plunging down the order and is twentieth after his second run. At the end of the session both teammates are going out together one more time, but Bo is not any quicker in those last laps. He loses another two spots and ends in 22th. He will have to start from 26th tomorrow.
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Source: motogp.com, ajo.fi, badboybo64.com