Top 10 for Bendsneyder in qualifying

With an excellent qualification Bo Bendsneyder secured a place in the top 10 for the GP of Teruel. His NTS RW Racing GP teammate Piotr Biesiekirski starts from thirtieth place. The Moto2 race at Motorland Aragon starts at 14.30 CET (winter time). Saturday went well for NTS RW Racing GP in every aspect. In FP3, Bendsneyder at one point seemed te be on his way to provisional pole position, but in the last sector of the circuit he lost three tenths. His time of 1.53.256 was eventually good for the twelfth fastest time in the session. That was just not enough for the top 14 of the combined standings and so Bendsneyder had to secure a place in the second qualifying round through Q1. He succeeded with flying colors. To stay out of traffic, Bendsneyder waited a while at the start of Q1. The first flying lap was already good for third. With his next lap, of 1.51.933, he left the entire field, including Marini, Schrotter, Manzi, Vierge and Luthi, way behind.
Also in Q2 Bendsneyder waited for a while until everybody else was on the track. Again he managed to ride a lap under 1.52. With the 1.51.946 he then set, he finished tenth for the starting grid for tomorrow’s Moto2 race. “An excellent performance,” said NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen. “It went quite well last week and again this weekend Bo is doing well. He shows again that both he and the material are good enough for the top 10.” Piotr Biesiekirski continued yesterday’s progression and continued to improve his times. In FP3 he already came below 1.55, with 1.54.917. In qualifying he once again took over half a second off: 1.54.398.

Bo Bendsneyder: “The plan was to let the fast guys do a lap in Q1 and then go after them. That didn’t quite work out, but it immediately turned out that I could do a fast lap on my own and that I could do that a few times in a row. We know that I am a lot faster in the last sector with a slipstream, but it has to be just right. I tried again in Q2, but again it didn’t work. In the first lap my tires were not yet warm enough and when I got to the group in the next lap, they closed the gas. So I set my lap time on my own again. It’s a pity that I couldn’t use the slipstream, because that costs top speed, but it’s very positive that I can make up for that in the other parts of the lap and that the top speed is already much better than last year. I am very happy with this result. It’s a good starting position. Hopefully I can finish it in the race tomorrow, because that’s what it’s all about.”

Results Q1 & Q2 combined:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’51.296
2 Jorge NAVARRO Lightech Speed Up 1’51.512
3 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’51.711
4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Lightech Speed Up 1’51.720
5 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 1’51.721
6 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1’51.776
7 Jake DIXON Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’51.780
8 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 1’51.831
9 Augusto FERNANDEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’51.839
10 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1’51.946
11 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’51.958
12 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’51.990
13 Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 1’52.007
14 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 1’52.070
15 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’52.099
16 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’52.134
17 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 1’52.255
18 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’52.455
19 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’52.326
20 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kipin Energy Aspar Team Moto2 1’52.333
21 Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1’52.433
22 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 1’52.479
23 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 1’52.528
24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 1’52.532
25 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’52.618
26 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 1’52.888
27 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 1’53.027
28 Xavi CARDELUS Kipin Energy Aspar Team Moto2 1’53.234
29 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 1’53.890
30 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS RW Racing GP 1’54.398


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