Bendsneyder gathers valuable information

The result was not satisfactory, but the information that Bo Bendsneyder and Jesko Raffin collected during the Moto2 race of the Thailand GP is very valuable. Both riders of NTS RW Racing GP ran into roughly the same issues and frame builder NTS and the team can use that data to improve. The 20th place of Bendsneyder and the 22nd place of Raffin were of course not what NTS RW Racing GP and the riders were hoping for. On the scorching hot Chang International Circuit in Buriram, the asphalt reached temperatures well above 50 degrees Celsius. The pace was considerably lower than in the practices and qualifying. In the first lap, both Raffin (from position 23) and Bendsneyder (from position 25) lost a number of places, making it difficult for both to keep up. A group of six was formed, with among others Mattia Pasini and Fabio Di Giannantonio, in which Bendsneyder and Raffin changed places. Gradually both could win some positions. Raffin was caught up by Philipp Oettl after a little mistake and lost the connection with the group in which Bendsneyder also came more or less alone. As 20th and 22nd respectively, the NTS RW Racing GP riders entered the closing stages. In the final lap, Raffin managed to snatch Oettl to claim 21st.

Bo Bendsneyder (20 at +27.715): “I had a good start, but in the second corner I came across Di Giannantonio, and we both ended up outside the track. I came back in only 30th place. I have been able to make up for something, but it was too far away for the points. It is clear that we have some problems. Jesko indicates that he too is troubled by chatter. Now that there is more information about this, the team can focus on finding solutions and that is positive.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 38’40.882
2 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 2.296
3 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 2.544
4 Augusto FERNANDEZ FLEXBOX HP 40 2.585
5 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2.919
6 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 6.839
7 Thomas LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 12.500
8 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 13.669
9 Somkiat CHANTRA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 14.622
10 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 14.726
11 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 14.873
13 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 16.095
14 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 16.603
15 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 17.147
16 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Temporary Forward 18.707
17 Jorge NAVARRO Beta Tools Speed Up 20.985
18 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Beta Tools Speed Up 23.103
19 Jake DIXON Gaviota Angel Nieto Team 25.393
20 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 27.715
21 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 34.863
22 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 35.014
23 Adam NORRODIN Petronas Sprinta Racing 58.666
24 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia +1’18.435
Not Classified
Xavi CARDELUS Gaviota Angel Nieto Team 1 Lap
Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 7 Laps
Mattia PASINI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 11 Laps
Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 12 Laps
Xavi VIERGE EG 0,0 Marc VDS 14 Laps
Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Temporary Forward 19 Laps
Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 22 Laps

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