Bendsneyder disappointed

A lack of grip made the difference for Bo Bendsneyder between being able to fight for the points and surviving to reach the finish. The Dutch rider of NTS RW Racing GP crossed the line at Motorland Aragon in a disappointing 21st place. His Polish teammate Piotr Biesiekirski finished in 26th in the GP of Aragon. It was not the start or the first lap that cost Bendsneyder the chance to fight. Despite being hindered by a crash from Jorge Navarro on the first lap, Bendsneyder managed to hold onto 17th place. In the third lap, however, he suddenly lost a lot of places and time after he went wide a few times and could barely avoid crashing. Yet he could still fight and start the hunt. He was also able to improve his lap time up to and including lap 7. When Bendsneyder was dangerously close to crashing again in lap 9, he had to give up the fight and it came down to survival. The lap times were running up and Bendsneyder had to watch how the gap with the riders in front of him, who were fighting for the points, got bigger per lap. With 21st place, 36.250 behind race winner Sam Lowes, Bendsneyder was deeply disappointed. Bendsneyder was not the only one who suffered from a lack of grip. As both the air and asphalt temperatures rose, other riders too had difficulty controlling their machines. Further down the field Piotr Biesiekirski had no particular problems with grip. He managed to keep Kasma Daniel behind him for a while and when he was passed eventually, the Pole could keep up for a while, but gradually the differences did increase. Therefore it was another fairly lonely race for Biesiekirski. At the finish, the difference was only little over seven seconds on the bunch of riders in front of him and 1.05.154 on the winner.

Bo Bendsneyder: “I am really disappointed with the result. The start was not bad, but from lap 2 on I felt that I had little grip at the rear. Turning in was difficult, making the corners was difficult. I switched to the softest mapping, which helped just a little bit, but soon I was going wide again and could barely make the turns. When riders pass by and you’re not able to do anything, it is a matter of survival. I don’t understand how the feeling can be so different compared to the free practice sessions. It was a bit warmer, but that can’t make such a big difference. It is a pity that we have to end a good weekend like this. Again: I am really fed up with this result.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 39’33.202
2 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 4.195
3 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 4.340
4 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 9.298
5 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 14.765
6 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 15.130
7 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 15.192
8 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 17.024
9 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 19.000
10 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 20.206
11 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 22.661
12 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 22.692
13 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 22.995
14 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 23.301
15 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 23.989
16 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 26.747
17 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 26.862
18 Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 27.686
19 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kipin Energy Aspar Team Moto2 27.761
20 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 27.892
21 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 36.250
22 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 44.779
23 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 45.687
24 Xavi CARDELUS Kipin Energy Aspar Team Moto2 47.231
25 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 58.178
26 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS RW Racing GP +1’05.154
27 Jorge NAVARRO MB Conveyors Speed Up 3 Laps
Not classified
Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 2 Laps
Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO MB Conveyors Speed Up 11 Laps
Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 19 Laps


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