Bendsneyder wants to burn from eighth place in Assen: ‘Look at the old races’ sport

Britain’s Jake Dixon was surprised to take first place. Record fastest lap at the end of the session on the TT: 1.36.736. Spain’s Albert Arenas scored the second fastest, with Britain’s Sam Luiz third. 16-year-old Zonta van den Goorbergh set her 21st time in qualifying and will also start from that position in Sunday’s Moto2.

Bendsneyder might have expected a little more, as he was in the top four for nearly the entire session and featured a place in the second row. On the final stage he made a frantic attempt to make a faster lap, but in the end finished with a time of 1.36.919, just 0.183 seconds short of Dixon’s fastest man.

“If you are eighth and the difference with number 1 is very small, it hurts a little bit,” said the 23-year-old Rotterdamer. “I can’t complain about the third row, but the second row was the goal. You won’t hear me say I’m going to get to the podium on Sunday, but I’m very consistent in terms of speed. In that regard, something beautiful can turn out, but I also know that everything has to Be well in the race.”

The driver from Indonesian sponsor team Pertamina Mandalika has announced that he will be preparing in detail for Sunday’s race. “I will look at the old games and see how the others from the eighth position on the net deal with it. I know that in Assen you should not sit outside the first corner, because then you will fly. Often the group meets in Stroben, so you have to pay attention to where you are.”

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Bendsneyder is certainly driven by the large audience at Assen. “I’m so glad the fans can be there again. These chubby situations always give me goosebumps. It’s been almost as busy on Saturdays as on Sundays in recent years. I’m happy with all these people.”

Rotterdam will also train on his debut. He drove the first lap very poorly in the last two Grand Prix (Germany and Catalonia), after which a place in the top ten was no longer possible. “I want to have a better feeling when braking for the first corner with a full tank,” he said.

The race in Moto2 starts on Sunday at 12.20pm. Last year, Bendsneyder placed 15th.

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