Bendsneyder takes 16th in Qualifying

The second day of the MotoGP of the Americas was a strange day. Due to rain and thunderstorms, the morning literally was a washout, and the free practice sessions had to be cancelled. Without that usual preparation, Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin started qualifying for the Moto2. This resulted in 16th place for Bendsneyder and 21st for Raffin. The free practice sessions were cancelled eventually after a few postponements and much uncertainty. So the long wait was for nothing. For NTS RW Racing GP, a wet session would have been welcome. “It didn’t bring much concerning the times, but we didn’t ride in the rain yet this year, while last year we were very strong in wet conditions. So we were curious,” said team manager Jarno Janssen. Certainly after the difficult first day, Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin also wanted to continue working on the settings and build up rhythm, but it wasn’t possible. In Q1 they had to be there right from the start, because in fifteen minutes it had to happen. Bendsneyder recovered strongly after the difficult first day and moved on to Q2 with the second time (2.12.043). Raffin had a little more trouble finding his way, but still ended the session with the seventh fastest time (2.13.033). In Q2, Bendsneyder just couldn’t improve his time from Q1. His 2.12,669 was good for the sixteenth place on the starting grid of the Moto2 race, which starts at 7:20 pm European time.

Bo Bendsneyder (16 – 2.12.669): “I am happy with the qualification, but I also think there was more in it, because in Q1 I was faster. There was a bit more wind in Q2 and that made it harder. Compared to the first day, I am certainly not dissatisfied. It is now up to me to make it a good race and grab as many points as possible. I have to prove that I can also start aggressively, so that I am in a better position right from the start. ”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 2’10.875
2 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2’10.933
3 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 2’11.123
4 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 2’11.243
5 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 2’11.276
6 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 2’11.333
7 Mattia PASINI Flexbox HP 40 2’11.528
8 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 2’12.006
9 Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 2’12.039
10 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 2’12.083
11 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 2’12.230
12 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’12.313
13 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 2’12.494
14 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 2’12.529
15 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 2’12.664
16 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 2’12.669
17 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 2’12.903
18 Remy GARDNER ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 2’13.629
19 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 2’12.445
20 Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2’12.516
21 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 2’13.033
22 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 2’13.476
23 Khairul Idham PAWI Petronas Sprinta Racing 2’13.645
24 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 2’14.240
25 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’14.344
26 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 2’14.702
27 Gabriele RUIU MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2’14.792
28 Xavi CARDELUS Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team 2’18.341
29 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2’18.687
31 Jake DIXON Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team DNS


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