Challenge awaits Bendsneyder

In terms of lap times, Bo Bendsneyder in particular really took a step on the second day of the Spanish Grand Prix. Unfortunately, that didn’t make much difference to the position. The Dutchman qualified with 1.42.322 in 22nd place for Sunday’s Moto2 race. Jesko Raffin will start the race in Jerez from 29th place. Both riders of NTS RW Racing GP didn’t make it into Q2, making getting points a challenge in tomorrow’s race. Bendsneyder just fell short for the second qualifying round. His Q1 time would in Q2 have been good enough for 14th on the grid, but unfortunately that doesn’t count. In the third free practice Saturday morning, Bendsneyder finished nineteenth. With 1.41.939, he was 0.830 from the fastest man and came very close to the fastest fourteen.
This was not the case with Jesko Raffin. The Swiss has a particularly hard time in stopping the NTS going into the corners. With his crew he tried different settings and changes, but it takes more than determination and focus to accomplish a feat like that.

Bo Bendsneyder: “I try to get the most out of myself and the bike in every session. That works, but it is not enough. If we look at the position, it is not good. The 41.9 this morning came close. In the heat of the afternoon we have a much harder time. With 42.3 I just fell short. The race pace is not great yet. With the race being early in the afternoon, when it is not that extremely hot yet, we might have a chance. I hope – and will do everything possible – that I can reward the hard work of the team with points.”

Results QP:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’41.384
2 Jorge NAVARRO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1’41.565
3 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’41.684
4 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’41.707
5 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’41.722
6 Aron CANET Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1’41.850
7 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’41.869
8 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’41.889
9 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’41.979
10 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’42.010
11 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’42.082
12 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’42.162
13 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’42.299
14 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 1’42.364
15 Hafizh SYAHRIN Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1’42.405
16 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 1’42.421
17 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’42.520
18 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1’43.118
19 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’42.167
20 Nicolo BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’42.183
21 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’42.298
22 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’42.322
23 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’42.326
24 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’42.350
25 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 1’42.444
26 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’42.481
27 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 1’42.742
28 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’43.461
29 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 1’43.967
30 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’44.167


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