Bendsneyder completed a day of qualifying where rain has been the main protagonist. The World Championship returned to the Japanese track after three years with a significant time change and extreme track conditions. The young Dutch rider disputed the second free practice, managing to pass directly to Q2. During qualifying our rider managed to position himself among the top five until the session had to be stopped due to the large amount of water on track. After a long break of two hours, the activity on track returned and finally concluded the qualifying, finishing in fifteenth place due to the cancellation of his best fast lap.
#64 Bo Bendsneyder – P15 –
“It was a difficult day due to the wet track conditions. This morning we improved the feeling compared to yesterday. If we make a comparison with practice in wet conditions this year we were far away but in this one we were around a second off the front and we were able to go straight into Q2. During qualifying, as everyone could see, it started to rain heavily and we had to wait two hours in the box, and then we had to go back out on track for a couple of laps. It’s a pity to start from this position due to the cancellation of my fast lap. Tomorrow we start from fifteenth place and it looks like the conditions will be dry. I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
Q1 & Q2 combined
Source: motogp.com, stopandgo.es