Bendsneyder misses Q2 in Valencia only just

In the qualification for the Grand Prix of Valencia it was clear once again how minimal the differences are in the Moto2. Bo Bendsneyder came only five hundredths of a second (0.05) short to qualify for Q2. In that second qualifying round, his time of 1.35.082 would have been good for seventeenth on the grid. Instead Bendsneyder has to start tomorrow from position 22. His Italian teammate Tommy Marcon starts from P28. On the second day in Valencia, the riders of NTS RW Racing GP continued the rising line of day 1. Bendsneyder again took a second off his time, but what is perhaps even more important is that the Dutchman gets more confidence every session. Marcon also gets better every session. The young Italian rode the fourteenth fastest time in Q1 (1.36.238) and as a result he managed to keep four riders behind on only his second day on the NTS Grand Prix machine.

Bo Bendsneyder: “We have made another big step. With every change we try, it works out as we expect and the feeling gets better and better, so that is very positive, also for the race. I am quite happy with the time, but it is of course disappointing that it was just 0.05 short for Q2. It was not a perfect lap, because I made a small mistake every lap, but I was able to set my times alone and fairly consistently.”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Jorge NAVARRO MB Conveyors Speed Up 1’34.461
2 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’34.478
3 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Temporary Forward 1’34.633
4 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’34.646
5 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 1’34.674
6 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO MB Conveyors Speed Up 1’34.704
7 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’34.727
8 Augusto FERNANDEZ FLEXBOX HP 40 1’34.863
9 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’34.866
10 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’34.887
11 Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’34.899
12 Mattia PASINI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 1’34.924
13 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 1’34.945
14 Remy GARDNER ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1’34.946
15 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’34.955
16 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 1’34.983
17 Jake DIXON Inde Angel Nieto Team 1’35.085
18 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 1’35.385
19 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Temporary Forward 1’35.050
20 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1’35.061
21 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1’35.062
22 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’35.082
23 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI FLEXBOX HP 40 1’35.258
24 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’35.286
25 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’35.880
26 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1’35.967
27 Sean Dylan KELLY American Racing KTM 1’36.130
28 Tommaso MARCON NTS RW Racing GP 1’36.238
29 Adam NORRODIN Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’36.345
30 Xavi CARDELUS Inde Angel Nieto Team 1’36.727
31 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 1’36.854
32 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 2’29.394


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