Bendsneyder starts from row 3 in Valencia
Bo Bendsneyder qualified in ninth for the GP of Valencia, with a time of 1.34.769. It is the third best qualifier for the Dutchman in Moto2. Piotr Biesiekirski starts from 29th. In Q1 he set a lap time of 1.36.515.
In the third free practice session on Saturday morning, Bendsneyder confirmed once again that he is fast with the NTS on the Ricardo Tormo circuit. With a time of 1.34.900, he was placed in eighth and qualified directly for Q2. Biesiekirski set a time of 1.37.014 in FP3.
In Q1, the Polish rider of NTS RW Racing GP managed to break the 1.37 barrier for the first time, and quite a bit, by clocking 1.36.515. He was 1.711 away from the fastest time.
In Q2, Bendsneyder was immediately on the ball with 1.34.872, initially fighting for a place on the first two rows. As the session progressed, the lap times went down, including Bendsneyder’s. The differences, which were already minimal in FP3, were also getting smaller in qualifying. In his penultimate lap, Bendsneyder put down 1.34.769, ensuring a start from the third row.
Bo Bendsneyder: “We were able to continue yesterday’s progression, which made it a great day today. I am very happy with the results and with a start from the third row. We are going for an even so good result tomorrow.”
Piotr Biesiekirski: “It was a good day. We’ve made good progress in the morning, both in terms of lap time as well as race pace. I did my best time on the last lap, having done 20 laps on the tyres, which is a good sign. I knew I could still go a fair bit faster in the afternoon, and wanted to put in a mid 1.36, so I can be quite pleased with a 1.36.5. The level is extremely high and the field is very evenly matched so I’m really happy to be just two seconds from pole position, even if that means being last. The gap to the guys in front of me is also closer so I hope for a close and exciting race tomorrow.”