Cooler conditions hold back Bendsneyder in Qualifying

After the excellent start on the first day of the VisitQatar Grand Prix NTS RW Racing GP had hoped for more than eighteenth on the grid for Bo Bendsneyder and twentieth for Jesko Raffin. Both riders suffered from grip problems in the much cooler conditions on the Losail International Circuit during qualifying. The conditions on the second day of the Qatar GP had changed dramatically compared to the first day, with much more wind, coming from a different direction, and considerably lower track temperatures. With FP3 in the hotter afternoon there was no real possibility to anticipate on the circumstances in which the two 15-minutes qualifying sessions were held. Jesko Raffin was the first to head out on track in Q1. The Swiss just missed out on one of the four top spots that give access to Q2. Bo Bendsneyder had already gained access to Q2 by setting the twelfth time in FP2 on Friday, in much better conditions. “With just fifteen minutes there wasn’t enough time to change the settings to help our riders”, RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen explained. “We were prepared for different conditions and we had a set of new tires ready, but it had extremely cooled down compared to any other session and we didn’t have the time to find an answer to that. It’s a real shame, because we know what would have been possible for both Jesko and Bo. Both of them did what they could. Eighteenth and twentieth is a bit of a disappointment after the good results during the test and on the first day, but our original goal was to grab points in the race and for that this position should be good enough.”

Bo Bendsneyder: “It was an extremely difficult session. I’ve never before had so much difficulties to ride these kind of lap times, fighting against the wind, almost being blown off the track. Would the conditions have been more like yesterday, it wouldn’t have been a problem to be around the top 12, but in these circumstances unfortunately it wasn’t possible. It’s a shame, but it looks to be better tomorrow so we’re going to fight for it in the race.”

Results Q1 & Q2 Combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 1’58.585
2 Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’58.731
3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’58.784
4 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’58.804
5 Remy GARDNER ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1’58.819
6 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’58.845
7 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 1’59.004
8 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’59.038
9 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’59.062
10 Augusto FERNANDEZ Flexbox HP 40 1’59.213
11 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’59.278
12 Jorge NAVARRO #NAAM? 1’59.325
13 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’59.387
14 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1’59.397
15 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 1’59.460
16 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 1’59.681
17 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 1’59.708
18 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’59.837
19 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO +Ego Speed Up 1’59.754
20 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 1’59.786
21 Khairul Idham PAWI Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’59.931
22 Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 2’00.024
23 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 2’00.506
24 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2’00.518
25 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 2’00.836
26 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2’00.861
27 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 2’00.872
28 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’00.880
29 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’00.929
30 Jake DIXON Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 2’00.951
31 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 2’01.291
32 Xavi CARDELUS Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 2’02.863


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