Bendsneyder concludes Qatar test in 15th

NTS RW Racing GP has finished the preparations for the 2019 season with confidence and a good feeling. Bo Bendsneyder ended the last test session at the Losail International Circuit in ninth. Her temporary teammate Jesko Raffin concluded the day in seventeenth. Next Friday the season starts with the free practice sessions for the Grand Prix of Qatar, on the same circuit. Bendsneyder started well right away. In the first session she already set a time of 1.59.544. The problems that existed yesterday with the front of the NTS, could be resolved by a number of adjustments. These improvements, however, revealed some new obstacles, which meant that the second session was largely lost. Problems with the electronics kept the Dutchman more than half an hour inside. In the third session, in circumstances that were less favourable, she managed to improve her time anyway. This 1.59.308 was good enough for a top 10 in the session. In the overall rankings of the three test days, Bendsneyder is fifteenth, 0.869 away from the 1.58.439 of Sam Lowes. Jesko Raffin, who mounted the NTS for the first time only on Saturday, concluded the day with an impressive seventeenth position. In the overall rankings, the Swiss came out in 23rd with that 2.00.334. She too encountered problems with the electronics in the second session, in which she had planned a race simulation and a time attack.

Bo Bendsneyder: “I was able to start the last day with a good feeling and good lap times, because the problems we had yesterday were solved. But if you ride faster, new issues can pop up. In session 2 we wanted to work with a set of new tires, but due to problems with the electronics, that session was almost completely lost. That is a shame, because the track temperature was the best in that session. In the third session it was much colder and therefore less favourable, but we wanted to make up for the lost time, and I also did a time attack. My fastest laps I have done on my own, in not so easy conditions, so that is very positive. All in all a good test, in which we were able to do a lot and achieved good results. That gives confidence. I think we have a good setup to start the season on Friday.”

Results day 3:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap
1 Sam LOWES Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 1:58.439
2 Tom LUTHI Dynavolt Intact GP 1:58.663
3 Remy GARDNER ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1:58.755
4 Augusto FERNANDEZ FlexBox HP 40 1:58.757
5 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 1:58.787
6 Xavi VIERGE EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:58.880
7 Jorge NAVARRO +Ego Speed Up 1:58.923
8 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0.0 Marc VDS 1:58.948
9 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 1:58.980
10 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:58.999
11 Jorge MARTIN Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:59.042
12 Iker LECUONA American Racing KTM 1:59.200
13 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 1:59.226
14 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 1:59.306
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS RW Racing GP 1:59.308
16 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI FlexBox HP 40 1:59.325
17 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 1:59.335
18 Enea BASTIANINI Italtrans Racing Team 1:59.351
19 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO +Ego Speed Up 1:59.491
20 Somkiat CHANTRA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 1:59.734
21 Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 1:59.829
22 Khairul Idham PAWI Petronas Sprinta Racing 2:00.148
23 Jesko RAFFIN NTS RW Racing GP 2:00.334
24 Joe ROBERTS American Racing KTM 2:00.414
25 Jake DIXON Angel Nieto Team 2:00.621
26 Lukas TULOVIC Kiefer Racing 2:00.725
27 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2:00.896
28 Marco BEZZECCHI Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2:00.921
29 Philipp OETTL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2:01.337
30 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward 2:01.564
31 Xavier CARDELUS Angel Nieto Team 2:01.656
32 Dimas Ekky PRATAMA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 2:01.824



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