Heat is playing tricks on Bendsneyder

On the first official day of the Spanish Grand Prix, the heat continued to play tricks on NTS RW Racing GP. Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin were faster than Wednesday in the test, and the differences with the top narrowed slightly, but it was not enough. It was baking hot again in Jerez, with an asphalt temperature of well above 50 degrees Celsius. Given the time of qualifying tomorrow, therefore, the result in the second free practice, this afternoon, was most important. Bendsneyder finished in 24th place with 1.43.405, Raffin in 29th with 1.44.476. In the first practice, in slightly less warm conditions, both riders were faster, but the differences with the top were slightly larger.
So Bendsneyder and Raffin took a small step, but they were not satisfied. The problems that arose in Wednesday’s test, and which were largely due to the hot conditions that Moto2 normally does not experience, were not all resolved by Friday.

Bo Bendsneyder: “It was a very hard day. We’re having a difficult time. I still don’t have the confidence in the front and that makes it difficult to set a good lap time. We are now going to analyse the data once more and try to solve the problem. The differences are small, but we really have to make that step to be there where we need and want to be.”

Results FP2:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’42.228
2 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’42.356
3 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’42.435
4 Aron CANET Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1’42.448
5 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’42.454
6 Jorge NAVARRO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1’42.532
7 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’42.535
8 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’42.582
9 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’42.670
10 Hafizh SYAHRIN Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1’42.721
11 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’42.748
12 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’42.817
13 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’42.935
14 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’43.030
15 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’43.174
16 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’43.188
17 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 1’43.205
18 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’43.225
19 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 1’43.265
20 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1’43.307
21 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’43.329
22 Nicolo BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’43.380
23 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’43.389
24 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’43.405
25 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 1’43.414
26 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’43.495
27 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 1’43.858
28 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’44.054
29 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 1’44.476
30 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’44.564

Source: motogp.com, rwracinggp.com

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