Heat makes restarting in Jerez not easy

After almost four months it was finally there again. At the Jerez circuit, Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin’s NTS Moto2 machines were stored out of the box in which they were put in Qatar in early March. The world championship was resumed with two forty-minute test sessions. It did not go by itself. The conditions in the south of Spain in mid-July cannot be compared with the conditions in the test in February, or with the conditions in a normal Grand Prix in early May. “It is baking hot,” said NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen. “It is around 40 degrees Celsius outside and the track temperature rises above 55 degrees. We have never experienced that here, so we had to deal with issues that we would otherwise not have here.”
Jesko Raffin drove his best time of the day in the slightly less warm conditions at the end of the morning: 1.44.230. Bo Bendsneyder was able to improve his time in the scorching heat at the end of the afternoon and set 1.44.095. That was not what NTS RW Racing GP had hoped for, but Janssen is happy with the data and is hopeful that most of the problems will be solved for Friday.
“It takes getting used to for everyone, in a first test again after long months of nothing. And certainly with this heat. We had to drastically change the settings, but in combination with some ‘rustiness’ for the riders, who have stood still for months, and difficult communication – it has always been a lot of noise in the box, but with mouth masks and plastic caps on it does not make communication any easier – so it was a difficult day. Fortunately, we have a day to analyse all the data well and to see what we have to do to make it work in the practice sessions on Friday.”

Bo Bendsneyder: “It is nice to be able to ride on the NTS again, but it was indeed a difficult day. We have done a lot of work, but there is still a lot to do. I lacked a bit of confidence with the front of the machine, but with all the information we have gathered today, I am confident that the team and I will be able to make the step on Friday.”


Results session 2:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 MARTIN, Jorge Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:42.346
2 BEZZECCHI, Marco SKY Racing Team VR46 1:42.462
3 MARINI, Luca SKY Racing Team VR46 1:42.485
4 SCHROTTER, Marcel Liqui Moly Intact GP 1:42.662
5 NAVARRO, Jorge HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1:42.682
6 BASTIANINI, Enea Italtrans Racing Team 1:42.690
7 LOWES, Sam EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:42.812
8 GARDNER, Remy Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1:42.866
9 DI GIANNANTONIO, Fabio HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1:42.895
10 NAGASHIMA, Tetsuta Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:43.012
11 BULEGA, Nicolo Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:43.033
12 BALDASSARRI, Lorenzo Flexbox HP 40 1:43.110
13 LUTHI, Thomas Liqui Moly Intact GP 1:43.120
14 VIERGE, Xavi Petronas Sprinta Racing 1:43.154
15 RAMIREZ, Marcos Tennor American Racing 1:43.410
16 GARZO, Hector Flexbox HP 40 1:43.419
17 FERNANDEZ, Augusto EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:43.447
18 SYAHRIN, Hafizh Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.452
19 DIXON, Jake Petronas Sprinta Racing 1:43.455
20 MANZI, Stefano MV Agusta Forward Racing 1:43.455
21 CANET, Aron Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1:43.470
22 CHANTRA, Somkiat IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:43.633
23 ROBERTS, Joe Tennor American Racing 1:43.718
24 CORSI, Simone MV Agusta Forward Racing 1:44.073
25 BENDSNEYDER, Bo NTS RW Racing GP 1:44.095
26 PONS, Edgar Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:44.140
27 IZDIHAR, Andi Farid IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1:44.409
28 DALLA PORTA, Lorenzo Italtrans Racing Team 1:44.635
29 RAFFIN, Jesko NTS RW Racing GP 1:45.128
30 DANIEL, Kasma Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1:46.175

Source: motogp.com, rwracinggp.com

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