Top 10 twice for Bendsneyder

The first day of the Grand Prix of Catalunya went very well for NTS RTW Racing GP. Bo Bendsneyder finished in the top 10 in both practices and with an eleventh place in the combined standings, the Dutchman is nominated to qualify directly for Q2. It was also a good day for Piotr Biesiekirski. Bo Bendsneyder’s ninth place in FP1 and eighth place in FP2 put a big smile on the faces at NTS RW Racing GP. After all the disappointments and setbacks of the past weeks, the team could use such a boost. Bendsneyder himself too, not least. With the 1.44.863 he put down in FP1 – which at the time was good for third place for a while – he took eleventh place in the combined position. A place in the top fourteen entitles him to direct placement for Q2, and thus a place in the first four starting rows. Moreover, the laptime was not a one-time fluke. Although Bendsneyder was unable to improve his time in FP2, as was the case with most Moto2 riders, he was constantly close to it.
Piotr Biesiekirski also felt clearly more at home on the Circuit de Catalunya. The young Pole, who replaces Jesko Raffin, who is recovering at home, knows the track from the European Championship and was thus able to fully concentrate on getting to know the NTS better. This was particularly visible in FP2: Biesiekirski always knew a number of riders behind him. It wasn’t until the last minute that he was pushed back to P30. With 1.46.816 he was one of only nine riders who managed to improve the times in FP2.

Bo Bendsneyder: “This was a very good first day. I am very happy with the feeling I have with the bike. We have gotten the balance a lot better. In Misano already, actually, but we were so far behind that we couldn’t show it at the time. This is not the case here and now it does show. The feeling was good from the first session and so were the times. In FP2 there was a lot of wind and that was difficult. That is why we waited for a while to go back out again, until the last twenty minutes. I consciously played it safe with that strong wind, but the last three laps I was able to push and was able to improve my times again, on used tires, to finish in eighth.”

Results FP2

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’44.531
2 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1’44.597
3 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’44.800
4 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’44.823
5 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’44.886
6 Aron CANET Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1’44.997
7 Jorge NAVARRO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 1’45.122
8 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’45.134
9 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’45.233
10 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’45.294
11 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’45.326
12 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’45.337
13 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 1’45.419
14 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’45.448
15 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’45.474
16 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 1’45.502
17 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’45.549
18 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 1’45.631
19 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’45.654
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’45.754
21 Hafizh SYAHRIN Inde Aspar Team Moto2 1’45.791
22 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’45.801
23 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’45.916
24 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’45.942
25 Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’46.070
26 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’46.144
27 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’46.495
28 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 1’46.533
29 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’46.711
30 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS RW Racing GP 1’46.816


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