Bendsneyder says goodbye to #DohaGP in 12th, Lüthi suffers a crash
The Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team riders have disputed this Sunday the Doha Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit. Bo Bendsneyder has crossed the finish line in twelfth position while Tom Lüthi hasn’t been able to finish the race after suffering a crash eight laps from the end.
Bo Bendsneyder has started the second Grand Prix of the season from the fifth row of the grid. The Dutch rider, who suffered a lot from the wind yesterday, has managed to gain some positions and finally has crossed the checkered flag in twelfth position, which has allowed him to continue scoring points in the general classification.
On the other side of the garage, Tom Lüthi says goodbye to the Qatari track with a bitter taste in his mouth. The Swiss rider has not been able to finish the Doha Grand Prix after suffering a harmless crash eight laps from the end.
The next race of the Moto2 World Championship will take place at the Portimao Circuit for the Grand Prix of Portugal the weekend of April 18th.
“We have finished the race in P12. We can be satisfied with this result because it has been a difficult weekend. The first lap was good, I was aggressive and I have gained three or four places. Then the problems have started. During the first laps they were overtaking me all the time in the straight. It was difficult to stay with them. I have tried to fight a lot to overtake them back but it was not possible. I gave the maximum. I have tried to brake as late as possible to attack back the position but was so difficult to manage it on the straights. The team did a great job, they gave me a better bike for the race. I could break a little bit later and be faster. In the last part of the race when I had room and I could make my own lines it was not so bad. P12 for today is quite ok. We are P9 in the championship so we have finished these two weeks in Qatar in a positive way. I’m looking forward for Portimao.”
“It’s a disaster end with this crash here in Doha. Unfortunately, I have to say that already before the crash I didn’t have the speed at all in the race. At the moment now, I don’t have an answer for that. I cannot say why I didn’t have the speed. I just know that I felt very bad rear grip and this destroyed a lot of the riding feeling. Unfortunately, I was not able to make up any positions, I have lost positions. Then I tried to attack a little bit and I was quite hard on the front brake and then the crash happened. It was quite a hard crash. The helmet is destroyed and I feel that my back is now completely blocked. Overall, I’m happy that I’m not injured. This is important. We will keep on working but now we have to make a new plan, sit down together and make a good plan for Portimao to find out where and how I can find back the good feeling.”