Difficult season comes to an end for Bendsneyder

The result of Bo Bendsneyder and Tommy Marcon in the Valencia Grand Prix was not what NTS RW Racing GP had hoped for to end the season with. The Dutchman finished 24th, the Italian finished in 27th place. The shortened Moto2 race, however, provided a lot of valuable information with which NTS and the team can continue in preparation for the 2020 season, which starts on Wednesday with a test in Jerez. Based on the practices and the qualification, Bendsneyder and the team had high hopes for points. However, that was not possible. The start of Bendsneyder was not bad, but certainly not good enough to fight towards the top 15. Only in the final phase could the Dutchman pass Ekky Pratama and only then did he ride his fastest lap times. Tommy Marcon reached the finish of a Grand Prix for the first time. He also had a reasonable start, but the Italian lost positions in the second lap when he went too wide. He was able to make up for that loss along the way, so that he eventually crossed the line in 27th place. The Moto2 race was shortened to sixteen laps and started half an hour later than planned due to an oil trail and a massive crash in the Moto3. In the Moto2 only two falls occurred.

“Also in this race it did not come true what we had hoped for,” said NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen. “We have had an eventful year. We expected more based on the omens. We were unable to make the step that was necessary. There are various reasons for this. One of the factors that played a role is that Bo Bendsneyder was largely alone. Because of the injury that Steven Odendaal had sustained, he missed the start of the season and he could not catch up. We were lucky with Jesko Raffin, who did a lot of work, but after three races that was over and we had to start all over again. The introduction of a new, wider rear tire also did not work to our advantage. The development then suffers a setback and Bendsneyder couldn’t get any further either. That is a very unfortunate series of circumstances in only the second year of this machine. However, we have learned a lot and with that information we are working hard in Japan to start the new season with an improved machine.”

The 2020 season starts this week for NTS RW Racing GP with a two-day test in Jerez. There, Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin come into action – at least if the weather permits – with new chassis.

Bo Bendsneyder (24 at +25,732): “The problem in the race was that I couldn’t ride the lines and lap times that I could ride in the practice sessions. I couldn’t do the same in a group as I can when I ride alone. Only when I had a free track in front of me could I ride the way you have to ride this bike. After a good first half of the season we were stopped a bit, where others were able to make a step. We are now on the right track and we have been able to show that, but not often enough.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 25’30.766
2 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 0.735
3 Jorge NAVARRO MB Conveyors Speed Up 1.045
4 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Temporary Forward 1.185
5 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 8.066
6 Augusto FERNANDEZ FLEXBOX HP 40 8.311
7 Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 9.922
8 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 11.085
9 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO MB Conveyors Speed Up 11.739
10 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 12.362
11 Mattia PASINI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 16.620
12 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Temporary Forward 17.160
13 Jake DIXON Inde Angel Nieto Team 17.595
14 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 17.624
16 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 18.090
17 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI FLEXBOX HP 40 18.251
18 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 18.434
19 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 19.829
20 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 20.278
21 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 20.298
22 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 20.362
23 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 20.280
24 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 25.732
25 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 28.179
26 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 28.392
27 Tommaso MARCON NTS RW Racing GP 32.617
28 Xavi CARDELUS Inde Angel Nieto Team 37.281
29 Adam NORRODIN Petronas Sprinta Racing 37.410
30 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS +1’29.344
Not Classified
Sean Dylan KELLY American Racing KTM 2 Laps
Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 11 Laps

Source: motogp.com, rwracinggp.com

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