On the first day of the Valencia Grand Prix, Bo Bendsneyder and Tommaso Marcon made great progress. Bendsneyder took over a second off his time in the second free practice and finished the day in 19th place with 1.36.029. Marcon, who rode the NTS bike and Triumph engine for the first time, was almost one and a half seconds faster in the afternoon and finished in 29th place with 1.37.264.
It was a positive day for NTS RW Racing GP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Bo Bendsneyder was able to try out some new parts that seem to turn out well. He missed the race in Valencia last year because of his leg injury and so he had to get used to the track again. Tommy Marcon raced on this circuit just a week ago, but with a Grand Prix machine it’s a completely different story than with a CEV machine, the Italian noticed.
Bo Bendsneyder: “I am very happy with the progress we have made. We could constantly improve - not just one lap - and the gap to the top 14 is very small. That gives a lot of confidence. Such progress also means that you are coming up against new limits and new problems and we are now working on that.”
Tommaso Marcon: “This first day was an adventure and totally incomparable with what I’m used to. Everything is new, really everything. The NTS feels great, it is a fast bike. I am pleased with the progress we have already made on this first day, but I still have a lot to learn.”