Bendsneyder 16th in qualifying

Bo Bendsneyder will start the Moto2 race of the GP of Argentina from 16th. The Dutchman had to go through Q1 after just missing out on direct access to Q2 when he finished 15th in FP3 on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on Saturday morning. Jesko Raffin didn’t make it to Q2 and will start the race from 24th on the grid. NTS RW Racing GP had to cope with some small disappointments on the second day of the Argentinian Grand Prix. In FP3 Bo Bendsneyder was pushed out of the top 14 in just the final seconds, with a difference of 0.048, meaning that he had to go through Q1 after all. In this first qualifying session the Dutchman set the third fastest time of 1.43.192, allowing him to move on to Q2. In this second qualifying session Bendsneyder couldn’t improve his Q1 lap time. With 1.43.498 he had to settle for 16th, which was another small disappointment as he had been around P12, P13 for most of the time. Xavi Vierge set the fastest time of the session, with 1.42.726. The top 13 was within four tenths. Teammate Jesko Raffin set the tenth fastest time in Q1 (1.43.730), meaning he will start the race from 24th. After FP3, the final free practice on Saturday morning, the team decided to change the engine of Raffin’s bike hoping to solve some problems with gear shifting, but that didn’t change much. “Despite some little disappointments it wasn’t a bad day”, NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen said. “It’s a pity Bo just missed out on direct access to Q2 and that he couldn’t improve his Q1 lap time, but 16th isn’t bad at all. He has some points close at hand. Jesko had some problems with gear shifting. We changed the engine but the feeling was still not 100 percent. The pace nevertheless is good, so the outlook is positive. The weather forecast for tomorrow is quite changeable, so we’ll just have to wait and see.” The Moto2 race will start at 18.20 CET. 

Bo Bendsneyder (16th – 1.43.498): “This morning we tried a few things and I was able to set a good lap time, but it just wasn’t enough for Q2 unfortunately. In Q1 I could set a fast lap time in the early stages already, and I could have gone faster, I think, but there was too much traffic. We started Q2 on a used front tyre. With a new one I could make another step, but it wasn’t as good as in Q1. Nonetheless P16 at 0.7 from pole isn’t too bad. The pace is good and when I don’t run into trouble in the first corner, like in Qatar, a battle to the front and good result should be possible.”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’42.726
2 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 1’42.737
3 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’42.738
4 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’42.773
5 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 1’42.856
6 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’42.873
7 Remy GARDNER ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1’42.969
8 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’42.975
9 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 1’43.008
10 Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 1’43.061
11 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 1’43.098
12 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’43.103
13 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’43.119
14 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 1’43.323
15 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 1’43.452
16 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’43.498
17 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’43.604
18 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 1’43.677
19 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’43.505
20 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 1’43.576
21 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1’43.619
22 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1’43.669
23 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 1’43.727
24 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 1’43.730
25 Khairul Idham PAWI Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’44.037
26 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 1’44.226
27 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 1’44.233
28 Jake DIXON Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 1’44.571
29 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’44.690
30 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1’44.825
31 Xavi CARDELUS Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 1’45.363
32 Augusto FERNANDEZ Flexbox HP 40 NTS


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