Bendsneyder misses chance to fight for points

The Catalunya Grand Prix was a race of many ‘what if’s’ for NTS RW Racing GP. Seeing Bo Bendsneyder finishing the Moto2 race in Barcelona in 17th, what if he had had a better qualifying on Saturday? What if he had had a better start? Of course, there is no guarantee the result would have been different, but the nagging feeling of dearly missed chances remained. Not for Piotr Biesiekirski, who made it to the finish of a Grand Prix for the first time, in 21st. Bo Bendsneyder had a terrible start of the race, from 28th. In the first lap he even lost another position, which he had to make up for in the following laps. After overtaking a number of riders in front of him, the Dutchman got into the rhythm and his pace went up steadily, but the gap to the group fighting for points, was already too big to overcome. “It’s a shame how the weekend developed on Bo’s side after the promising first day”, NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen analyses. “It’s a complicated situation and we don’t really understand what has happened on Saturday compared to Friday. With a better second day Bo should have been able to fight for points, as his pace in the race was not bad at all. He could have been in the battle today as well, even after a start from 28th, had he had a better start.”
After crashing out in his debut in Misano, in the penultimate lap, this time young Piotr Biesiekirski could make it to the finish. Only a few days after turning 19, finishing in 21st was like an extra present for the Polish rider, who will deputize for Jesko Raffin in Le Mans as well.
Team manager Janssen was happy to see Biesiekirski finish the race. “Piotr did very well again this weekend, making progress in every session. He made a big step compared to last week in Misano. Le Mans will be a new track for him, so it might be more difficult for him overthere, but seeing how he improves in getting used to the bike, I’m confident he will continue to progress also in France.”

Bo Bendsneyder: “I had a good feeling with the bike, almost like on Friday, so it is a real shame that I had to start from 28th. I admit the start was not good. I pulled a huge wheelie coming from the start and lost connection on the straight. Only after a few laps, when some of the riders in front of me started making mistakes, I could overtake them. From that moment on I was able to ride a good pace. The bike felt good in the race and I hope we can keep that feeling for Le Mans and make it count.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 38’11.103
2 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS +0.981
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 4.399
4 Jorge NAVARRO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 5.608
5 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 5.797
6 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 6.080
7 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 8.552
8 Aron CANET Inde Aspar Team Moto2 9.928
9 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 14.874
10 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 15.058
11 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 17.687
12 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 18.910
13 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 19.017
14 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 19.315
15 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 20.404
16 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 24.358
17 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 27.561
18 Hafizh SYAHRIN Inde Aspar Team Moto2 36.014
19 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 36.101
20 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 37.659
21 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS RW Racing GP +1’00.256
Not Classified
Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1 Lap
Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2 Laps
Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 2 Laps
Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 8 Laps
Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 15 Laps
Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 17 Laps
Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 19 Laps
Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 20 Laps
Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 20 Laps


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