Bendsneyder faster but not enough

There was reason for optimism in the pit box of NTS RW Racing GP on the second day of the GP of Andalusia. In the free practice session on Saturday morning, Bo Bendsneyder was a second faster than in the previous sessions at the Jerez circuit. It just wasn’t enough for a place in Q2. Bendsneyder will start the race from 24th on Sunday afternoon. Jesko Raffin will leave from 30th, just like last weekend. That the tireless hard work of NTS RW Racing GP is paying off, was evident from the 1.42.241 that Bendsneyder put down in FP3: a second faster than a day earlier. But times in Moto2 are so ridiculously close that this progress was not enough. In the qualifying in the considerably hotter afternoon – air temperature 37 degrees Celsius, track temperature 57 degrees – it did not work out. Bendsneyder finished Q1 with 1.42.505: the tenth time. Jesko Raffin’s 1.43.688 meant sixteenth position in Q1.

Bo Bendsneyder: “This morning the feeling was much better and I was able to ride a considerably better pace, so that was hopeful. But this afternoon it was a lot warmer and I had a lot of problems with the front again. The time was not that bad, but still too far away from where we should be. We are going full throttle tomorrow.”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’41.728
2 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’41.765
3 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’41.845
4 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 1’41.860
5 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’41.882
6 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’41.957
7 Aron CANET Openbank Aspar Team Moto2 1’42.002
8 Nicolo BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’42.087
9 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’42.107
10 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’42.175
11 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 1’42.181
12 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’42.213
13 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’42.224
14 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’42.360
15 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’42.383
16 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’42.599
17 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’42.811
18 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 1’42.905
19 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’42.217
20 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’42.285
21 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’42.310
22 Hafizh SYAHRIN Openbank Aspar Team Moto2 1’42.325
23 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’42.333
24 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’42.505
25 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 1’42.576
26 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 1’42.715
27 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 1’42.727
28 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’43.060
29 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’43.422
30 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 1’43.688


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