Bendsneyder: improvements do not show in qualification

The lap times of Bo Bendsneyder and Dominique Aegerter were again better on the second day of the GP of Styria, but the riders of NTS RW Racing GP were not very successful. In qualifying for the second Moto2 race at the Red Bull Ring, Bendsneyder came no further than 26th place. Aegerter starts from 28th place. Feelings were mixed this Saturday. There are indeed improvements for both Bendsneyder and Aegerter, but this is not visible in terms of positions. In the third free practice, for example, Bendsneyder was more than two tenths faster and that pace was fairly consistent. That resulted in a better position in the combined rankings. Aegerter was also slightly faster on the Red Bull Ring, but with him the difference with the top got bigger. In the considerably warmer qualifying, Bendsneyder was able to stay close to his training times, but that was not enough. The Dutchman’s 1.29.993 resulted in only 26th place. Teammate Aegerter also had a difficult time. The Swiss came to 1.30.451, which means 28th place on the starting grid.

Bo Bendsneyder: “Compared to yesterday – and certainly compared to last week – we have really taken a good step, but unfortunately the position does not show that. Last week I couldn’t get into the 29’s. Now I could and quite constantly. These are small steps, but it is positive, especially for the longer term. In qualifying it was very difficult for everyone due to the heat. Still, I was only two tenths of my fastest time. That’s not too bad, but on a track like the Red Bull Ring, where it comes to thousands, it means we’re way too far from where we should be.”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Aron CANET Openbank Aspar Team 1’28.787
2 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’28.905
3 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’29.157
4 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’29.168
5 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’29.177
6 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’29.190
7 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’29.241
8 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 1’29.241
9 Jorge NAVARRO EGO Speed Up 1’29.253
10 Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’29.260
11 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’29.271
12 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’29.335
13 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’29.403
14 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 1’29.473
15 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’29.495
16 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’29.534
17 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 1’29.670
18 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’29.844
19 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’29.431
20 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’29.458
21 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’29.553
22 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’29.731
23 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’29.880
24 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 1’29.891
25 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO EGO Speed Up 1’29.985
26 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’29.993
27 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’30.377
28 Dominique AEGERTER NTS RW Racing GP 1’30.451
29 Alejandro MEDINA Openbank Aspar Team 1’30.894


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