Bendsneyder fights for excellent eleventh place

With five points in their pocket, NTS RW Racing GP and Bo Bendsneyder can look back on an excellent opening of the season. Bendsneyder’s eleventh place in the Grand Prix of Qatar is the best result for both the Dutch rider and NTS in Moto2. Jesko Raffin had to settle for 23rd after a problematic first lap. With a qualification in fifth place, Bo Bendsneyder had already secured a good starting position for the race. With a full tank he lost a few places in the first round, but as the race progressed he managed to increase the pace and was able to keep up well in the fight with, among others, Tom Lüthi, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marcel Schrötter. In the final phase, the Dutchman managed to work his way up from 14th to 11th, less than ten seconds from race winner Tetsuta Nagashima, who had dashed away from Lorenzo Baldassarri and Enea Bastianini for almost a second and a half. Jesko Raffin went through a difficult weekend after missing valuable time in the tests before the opening race. The Swiss was pushed off the track at the start and was the last to cross the line after the first lap. He managed to make up for a number of places and finished in 23rd place. “We can look back on an excellent weekend for Bo”, said NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen. “We have shown what we are capable of. The eleventh place may seem to be disappointing when starting from fifth, but in my opinion Bo has not missed anything. The pace was high and he was able to keep up well. It unfortunately didn’t work out for Jesko in the race. He lacks rhythm and confidence. For him the break we now have might be good. We do not know when the next race is; hopefully we can race in Texas in a month, but nothing is certain.”

#64 Bo Bendsneyder: “I am very satisfied with eleventh. In the beginning I had trouble with the full tank, but my rhythm and pace got better and better as the race progressed. I was able to overtake more riders, especially the ones who dropped back because they had asked too much of their tires in the beginning. It’s nice to start this way, with the best result for myself and for NTS in Moto2. It is clear that we have taken a big step this season, but we have to keep working to get closer to the top.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 40’00.192
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1.347
3 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1.428
4 Joe ROBERTS American Racing 1.559
5 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1.901
6 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 2.381
7 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 4.490
8 Aron CANET Aspar Team 4.703
9 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 7.118
10 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 8.904
11 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 9.730
12 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 11.410
13 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 12.701
14 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 12.717
15 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 16.208
16 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 16.256
17 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 16.869
18 Nicolo BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 16.932
19 Hafizh SYAHRIN Aspar Team 19.639
20 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 20.662
21 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 27.291
22 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 34.514
23 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 34.664
24 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 45.850
25 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1 Lap
Not Classified
Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1 Lap
Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 12 Laps
Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 18 Laps
Marcos RAMIREZ American Racing 19 Laps


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