Bendsneyder 24th after first day in Texas

The difficult and extremely bumpy track of the Circuit of the Americas did not make it easy for the NTS RW Racing GP riders. Jesko Raffin ended the first day in Texas in seventeenth and the Swiss was quite satisfied with that. Bo Bendsneyder was not with his 24th place in the combined standings after two practices. The Dutchman could not improve his time from FP1 in the afternoon session. The first day of the MotoGP of the Americas started quite nicely for both Bendsneyder and Raffin. With the fifteenth time, Bendsneyder was only a fraction away from direct qualification for Q2. With the seventeenth time, Raffin was also not far off. The intention was to continue like that in the second session. In the case of Raffin that worked out well. With 2.11.810 he was a lot faster, although the position did not change. In the case of Bendsneyder, the plan did not succeed. Due to a malfunction in the electronics, Bendsneyder had to go back to the pits twice to have things reset. That not only took time, but also rhythm, and as a result of which the Dutchman was not comfortable. Bendsneyder could not improve his 2.12.466 from FP1 and was therefore stuck in 24th. “That’s a shame,” said RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen, “but the forecast is that it will rain tomorrow and then today’s times will be worthless anyway. Via Q1 we still have every opportunity to end up in Q2 and to make a good qualification, because both riders have a good pace. We have to wait and see how hard it will rain and how the track conditions will be in those circumstances.”

Bo Bendsneyder (24 – 2.12.466): “We had changed something at the front of the bike, but that didn’t work for me. Because we had already lost a lot of time due to the problems with the electronics, we could not reverse that change. That’s why I couldn’t improve my time in FP2. It’s is a shame, because it is there. We know that, so tomorrow we go for it.”


Results FP2:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 2’09.982
2 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 2’10.490
3 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2’10.580
4 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 2’10.584
5 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 2’10.646
6 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 2’10.661
7 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 2’10.719
8 Mattia PASINI Flexbox HP 40 2’10.753
9 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 2’10.763
10 Remy GARDNER ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 2’10.932
11 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 2’11.241
12 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 2’11.415
13 Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 2’11.514
14 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 2’11.605
15 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 2’11.643
16 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 2’11.772
17 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 2’11.810
18 Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2’11.835
19 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’11.910
20 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 2’12.016
21 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 2’12.197
22 Khairul Idham PAWI Petronas Sprinta Racing 2’12.259
23 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 2’12.471
24 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2’12.646
25 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’13.637
26 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 2’13.937
27 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 2’14.585
28 Gabriele RUIU MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2’14.832
29 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 2’15.601
30 Xavi CARDELUS Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 2’21.291
31 Jake DIXON Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team


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