Learning weekend for Lüthi and Bendsneyder at #PortugueseGP
Tom Lüthi has finished the Grande Prémio de Portugal with a seventeenth position and valuable information on the direction to keep working. Bo Bendsneyder takes a step forward during the warm up but suffers a crash during the race with 16 laps to go.
Tom Lüthi crossed the finish line of the third round of the Moto2 World Championship in seventeenth position. After a difficult weekend, the Swiss rider says goodbye to the Portuguese track with a clearer idea of the work to be done to achieve improvements that will allow him to be in higher positions in the classification.
Bo Bendsneyder worked together with his team during the morning warm up to try to regain a good feeling with his Kalex. The Dutch rider has found improvements and has managed to lower his time lap achieved in the qualifying session by up to one second. Starting from 26th position on the grid, Bo did his best to try to climb positions. Unfortunately, he has suffered a crash in turn 5 of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve with 16 laps to go.
The next race of the Moto2 World Championship will take place at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España the weekend of May 2nd.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t do steps forward today if we just focus on the result but at least we did it in the feeling and in the work done. We have quite clear clue where we need to work on. We have to be patient. It takes some time. We have to really keep working now in this direction. Overall, the weekend has been difficult. We didn’t have enough speed but it was good to have always more or less the same conditions on the track, not like Qatar where we had really mixed conditions. This has helped us a lot to understand more what we need and where we need to go. This makes me feel quite more confident when I think about Jerez. Not much more to say, we keep on working. I’m motivated and looking forward to the next race.”
“It has been a difficult weekend but I’m really happy that we found the good direction during the warm up. It was quite late but the team did a great job to give me back the feeling. I was one second faster in the warm up than in the qualifying so this was nice. In the race, the conditions were a little bit tricky. There were a lot of crashes. It’s difficult when you need to come from the 26th place on the grid but I gave it all and I tried my best. With the full tank we didn’t try it at all because this morning was important to find the base. I lost the front giving all my best. I want to say thanks to the team. We need to look forward to Jerez and learn from this weekend.”