Difficult qualification for Bendsneyder and Biesiekirski
The second day of the French GP did not bring NTS RW Racing GP what the team had hoped for. Saturday again turned out to be a difficult day for both Bo Bendsneyder and Piotr Biesiekirski. The Dutchman got stuck in thirteenth place in Q1 and starts the Moto2 race in Le Mans at 14.30 CET from 27th. The Pole endured another crash and has to take the start from 30th place on the grid.
Biesiekirski was not the only one who crashed in the closing stages of Q1. Just like on Friday, there were many crashes in Moto2. One of the possible causes was the sudden cloudiness, which caused the temperature to drop significantly, changing the grip level as well.
Yesterday Biesiekirski had also crashed and therefore had to sit out FP2. Today he came back into action, but it was clear that he still suffered a lot with his left shoulder. To make matters worse, he crashed again in Q1, this time in Turn 8, landing hard on his shoulder again.
Bendsneyder remained upright, but was unable to improve his time of 1.37.984 in the cooler conditions. The Dutchman was not satisfied with a start from 27th place.
Bo Bendsneyder: “I had little feeling with the bike in FP3 and especially at the front. Before qualifying, we made an adjustment to the front, but that didn’t improve the feeling. My crew has worked hard, but we are lagging behind. I wish I could tell a different story. Hopefully we can find something for tomorrow that will give me a better feeling and allow me to take steps forward.”
Piotr Biesiekirski: “My shoulder is still quite painful but I was able to get back on track today and kept improving my pace with every lap. The qualifying started well. I was improving and felt that there was still more both in myself and in the bike. Then another rider passed me on the entry into turn 8 and braked a bit early, which meant I had to hit the brake hard but unfortunately we still collided and crashed. Luckily I’m fine but I couldn’t continue as there was some damage to the bike. The goal for tomorrow’s race is to try and keep up with the group for as long as possible, avoid mistakes and keep improving.”