Bendsneyder 9th in qualifying

Following frustrating conditions on Friday and on Saturday morning, the Moto3 riders were finally able to get sustained dry track time in qualifying for the French GP. The session was a positive one for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, as Niccolo Antonelli fought for pole position until the last lap of the afternoon. In a tight final timesheet, with the Top 10 separated by just 3 tenths of a second, the Italian finished sixth, Bo Bendsneyder ninth and Danny Kent tenth. All three have the pace and positions to aspire to good results in tomorrow’s race. The Le Mans Circuit again provided completely wet asphalt on Saturday morning, forcing the Moto3 riders to use wet tyres for FP3. Antonelli, Bendsneyder and Kent were first, third and sixth, respectively, in the first 20 minutes. Antonelli’s good feeling meant that he did not go back on track after his only stop in the pits, to avoid unnecessary risk. He was sixth -1:50.684-, followed by Kent in seventh -1:50.705- and Bendsneyder in fifteenth -1:51.806. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team riders finally enjoyed their first dry session of the weekend in qualifying. They took advantage to provide a repeat of their good results from Friday, and all three were inside the Top 10. Antonelli was among the fastest riders from the get-go, putting in a long first stint in which he occupied the top spot. Fine rain began to fall with 15 minutes remaining, although the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders went back out to improve their times once more in the final 5 minutes. Antonelli finished sixth -1:43.051- two tenths off pole. Bendsneyder took ninth with a 1:43.086 lap, and wildcard Kent rounded off the Top 10 with a 1:43.186 best time.

“I think we should be pretty happy. At the beginning of the qualifying session I had a lot of difficulty finding a good pace, but after making a change to the front we made a lot of progress. We could still find something to improve more, but I’m satisfied. After starting from 23rd at Jerez, ninth place is a step forward -because beginning the race from so far back makes it very tough. Tomorrow I think that there might be a large group at the start, although it is possible that some riders will end up escaping. It’s hard to predict, since we’ve only had one session in the dry. I’m very motivated and looking forward to the start of the race.”

Bendsneyder, Moto3, French MotoGP 2017

Results QP:

POS Rider TEAM Fastest lap
1 Jorge MARTIN Del Conca Gresini Moto3 1’42.813
2 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 1’42.844
3 Juanfran GUEVARA RBA BOE Racing Team 1’42.961
4 Romano FENATI Marinelli Rivacold Snipers 1’42.999
5 Albert ARENAS Aspar Mahindra Moto3 1’43.038
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’43.051
7 Marcos RAMIREZ Platinum Bay Real Estate 1’43.051
8 Joan MIR Leopard Racing 1’43.057
9 Bo BENDSNEYDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’43.086
10 Danny KENT Red Bull KTM Ajo 1’43.186
11 Enea BASTIANINI Estrella Galicia 0,0 1’43.320
12 Aron CANET Estrella Galicia 0,0 1’43.352
13 Livio LOI Leopard Racing 1’43.391
14 Manuel PAGLIANI CIP 1’43.420
15 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Del Conca Gresini Moto3 1’43.489
16 Jules DANILO Marinelli Rivacold Snipers 1’43.572
17 Darryn BINDER Platinum Bay Real Estate 1’43.652
18 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot MC Saxoprint 1’43.671
19 Adam NORRODIN SIC Racing Team 1’43.711
20 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Aspar Mahindra Moto3 1’43.717
21 Marco BEZZECCHI CIP 1’43.740
22 Tatsuki SUZUKI SIC58 Squadra Corse 1’43.793
23 Andrea MIGNO SKY Racing Team VR46 1’43.824
24 Tony ARBOLINO SIC58 Squadra Corse 1’43.891
25 John MCPHEE British Talent Team 1’43.893
26 Kaito TOBA Honda Team Asia 1’43.918
27 Ayumu SASAKI SIC Racing Team 1’43.928
28 Philipp OETTL Südmetall Schedl GP Racing 1’44.092
29 Maria HERRERA AGR Team 1’44.173
30 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda Team Asia 1’44.719
31 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot MC Saxoprint 1’45.337


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