Bendsneyder 20th in damp Le Mans

Changing weather conditions again played a leading role in Le Mans, with a slowly drying track at the start of the Moto2 race. The difficult conditions had their effect on Bo Bendsneyder and Piotr Biesiekirski too, especially in the opening stages of the French Grand Prix. Bendsneyder eventually finished in 20th, Biesiekirski in 22nd. As the sun came out shortly after the MotoGP race, when the Moto2 riders were on the grid, the track in Le Mans was slowly drying, leaving the whole pack with the same question: wet tires or slicks? Everybody choose the slick tire, but there wasn’t too much time to change the settings of the bikes to dry set-up as well. On top of that there was only a thin dry line, making overtaking a big risk at the start of the race. Bo Bendsneyder had a very promising warmup-session in the morning, finishing in 16th, but that didn’t help much in the damp circumstances. He didn’t have the best of starts, but managed to keep his position at the end of the first lap. The Dutchman needed some time to find confidence and rhythm in the damp conditions, but once he found that, he could close in and pick up the battle with Bulega, Nagashima and Navarro. Overtaking Nagashima cost him a lot of time and effort, and this gave Pons and Dalla Porta the change to overtake the pair of them, costing Bendsneyder more than he eventually gained. It left him finishing in 20th at 1.12.930 from race winner Lowes. Piotr Biesiekirski was a bit too eager to get the party started and made a jump start, which was punished immediately with a double long lap penalty, leaving the young Pole far behind. He even was lapped by the leaders by the end of the race, but still managed to finish, although at one lap behind.

Bo Bendsneyder: “It was a very difficult race with these conditions. With only a thin dry line I didn’t have enough confidence and grip to overtake, but as the race wore on, I started feeling better and more confident and the pace went up. I tried to overtake Nagashima four times, but each time I tried I almost lost the front and ran wide on the wet track. I had to catch up and start over again. In one of those occasions unfortunately I left the door open for Pons and Dalla Porta to pass through. Only in the end I managed to catch Nagashima. Such a pity. We now put sight on Aragon, hoping for a bit more consistent weather conditions.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 41’27.648
2 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 3.822
3 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 4.184
4 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 5.884
5 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 21.668
6 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 29.197
7 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Termozeta Speed Up 32.249
8 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 34.376
9 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 35.392
10 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 35.521
11 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 37.720
12 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 37.910
13 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 38.423
14 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 43.464
15 Hafizh SYAHRIN Inde Aspar Team Moto2 44.036
16 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 44.217
17 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 59.550
18 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team +1’09.735
19 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +1’09.751
20 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP +1’12.930
21 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo +1’14.158
22 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS RW Racing GP 1 Lap
Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 0 Lap
Not Classified
Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 5 Laps
Jorge NAVARRO Termozeta Speed Up 7 Laps
Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 10 Laps
Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 20 Laps
Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 21 Laps
Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 23 Laps


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