Points for Bendsneyder in Argentina

NTS RW Racing GP leaves Argentina with three points in their pockets: two for Bo Bendsneyder who finished in 14th in the Moto2 race, one for Jesko Raffin who crossed the line in 15th place. The points did not come naturally. Both riders had to go all the way on the demanding circuit of Termas de Rio Hondo, where it was much more oppressive than the first two days of the Argentine GP. The race was full of incidents, sliders and bikes that simply stopped. Even before the start: polesitter Xavi Vierge did not start because his machine stopped in the warm-up lap. The start of Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin was not perfect either and both had to give up positions. For both the Dutchman and the Swiss it was a matter of not giving up, staying focused and seizing the opportunities that were offered, including by mistakes made by others. Both of them managed to crawl forward gradually. With two laps to go Bendsneyder came in fifteenth place and in the final lap he moved on to P14 on +23.007 from winner Lorenzo Baldassarri. In the final lap, Raffin managed to overtake Marco Bezzecchi and grab the last point. NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was happy with the points and tenacity of his two riders. “It was certainly not an easy race, but by not giving up and paying attention, Bo and Jesko earned the points. The fact that they have both taken points and that we as a team have taken points in both races so far is a huge boost. It is a sign that we have made great progress compared to last year. All credits for this for our frame builder and partner NTS. Our machine has many strengths, but also a few weaknesses that need attention for the coming races.” The next one is in two weeks: the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Jesko Raffin will once again replace the injured Steven Odendaal, who has to undergo a second operation at his foot.

Bo Bendsneyder (14th at +23.007): “It was a tough race, certainly in the beginning. My start was not great. It was much better in the training sessions. I lost some places at the start and on the straight. Catching up was very difficult and that made it even harder. I have continued to focus on myself and on staying in contention. That was the number 1 target. The fact that I was able to grab two points with that is great and I am very happy with that. We know what we need to improve for the upcoming races and I am confident that NTS and the team will solve that well as always.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 39’46.000
3 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.817
4 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 2.704
5 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 4.707
6 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 4.839
7 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 4.986
8 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 7.459
9 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 8.724
10 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 14.506
11 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 16.145
12 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 16.450
13 Khairul Idham PAWI Petronas Sprinta Racing 16.613
14 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 23.007
15 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 24.736
16 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 25.381
17 Jake DIXON Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 41.684
18 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 45.545
19 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 45.811
20 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 56.934
21 Xavi CARDELUS Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team +1’07.765
22 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM +1’18.707
23 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 4 Laps
Not Classified
Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 2 Laps
Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 5 Laps
Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 5 Laps
Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 11 Laps
Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 18 Laps
Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 18 Laps
Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 22 Laps
Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 0 Lap

Source: motogp.com, rwracinggp.com

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