Bendsneyder grabs valuable points

With two points in his pocket, Bo Bendsneyder could look back on a difficult, yet successful weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The Dutch rider of NTS RW Racing GP was quite satisfied with 14th place. His Polish teammate Piotr Biesiekirski also looked back with satisfaction at the GP of Europe, which he concluded in 22nd place. Sunday was the first completely dry day of the Grand Prix weekend. In the warm-up, the technicians of NTS RW Racing GP managed to find an setting that gave Bo Bendsneyder the confidence to fight in the race. The start of the Dutchman was not perfect, but halfway through the first lap he managed to conquer a handful of places again, which allowed him to join a group directly behind the top 10. Bendsneyder had a number of exciting duels with riders like Jorge Navarro, Tom Lüthi, Marcel Schrötter and Tetsuta Nagashima. Four laps before the end however, he had to let go of the group with Nagashima, Navarro, Schrötter and Aron Canet, but his fourteenth place, with the accompanying two points, was never in danger.

Bo Bendsneyder: “It was not an easy weekend, but we can still be satisfied. Qualifying was good and the race was not bad either. We had very little track time in the dry, so the warm-up was actually the first session where we could try something. In the warm-up the feeling was not yet very good, but my crew changed a few things afterwards, which gave me a better feeling in the race. The start was not great, but in turns 4 and 5 I was able to make up for quite some positions. By avoiding the crash of Fabio Di Giannantonio, a gap was created to the top 10. I was able to overtake Lüthi first and then had a good fight with Navarro and Nagashima, but I could not overtake them. Especially halfway through the race, the pace was really good. In the end I had to drop back, because the engine was faltering in the tight corners, with a lot of lean angle. I was worried I might run out of fuel, so I slowed down a bit. I knew I probably couldn’t catch up with the guys in front of me anyway, and that there was plenty of room behind me, so I chose to be safe. Finishing and grabbing points was my priority.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Marco BEZZECCHI SKY Racing Team VR46 40’06.441
2 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1.941
3 Remy GARDNER Onexox TKKR SAG Team 3.553
4 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 4.494
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Flexbox HP 40 4.648
6 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 5.142
7 Hector GARZO Flexbox HP 40 5.224
8 Nicolò BULEGA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 8.104
9 Xavi VIERGE Petronas Sprinta Racing 8.746
10 Jorge NAVARRO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 11.930
11 Aron CANET Inde Aspar Team Moto2 12.451
12 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Red Bull KTM Ajo 13.209
13 Marcel SCHROTTER Liqui Moly Intact GP 13.585
14 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 15.528
15 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Forward Racing 19.284
16 Marcos RAMIREZ Tennor American Racing 20.085
17 Edgar PONS Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 21.512
18 Andi Farid IZDIHAR IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 22.965
19 Thomas LUTHI Liqui Moly Intact GP 24.769
20 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Italtrans Racing Team 34.173
21 Kasma DANIEL Onexox TKKR SAG Team 44.355
22 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS RW Racing GP 59.450
Not classified
Sam LOWES EG 0,0 Marc VDS 7 Laps
Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 16 Laps
Simone CORSI MV Agusta Forward Racing 20 Laps
Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO HDR Heidrun Speed Up 23 Laps
Joe ROBERTS Tennor American Racing 24 Laps
Hafizh SYAHRIN Inde Aspar Team Moto2 24 Laps


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