Test - Spain - Valencia - 2017

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Tech3 duo confidently wrap up Valencia test with positive conclusions

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Moto2 rookie Bo Bendsneyder continued to impress and make leaps forward in his second track appearance aboard the Mistral 610. The promising Dutch rider proceeded to gel more with the bike and team in preparation for his debut season in 2018, before powering to a time that left him four tenths back from the top ten.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner concluded the two-day test with a confident display to gain some encouraging results in the final track appearance of 2017. The Australian worked relentlessly with his team and now optimistically awaits the forthcoming season.


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 16th - Time: 1'36.002 - Laps: 73


Bendsneyder - 2017“We had two nice, productive days of testing here in Valencia. I gained a lot of knowledge about the bike, and it felt like I learnt more on every lap. I’m a bit disappointed that winter is coming because I am keen to get back on my Mistral, but I am happy to finish this test in a positive way. Thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team for their great work and I am looking forward to next year!“


Remy Gardner

Position: 19th - Time: 1'36.152 - Laps: 64


Gardner - 2017“Although the result may not look as good as what we wanted, I think we certainly improved our setting. It was getting a bit challenging, however, I then went out on Xavi’s bike and went faster. I wasn’t pushing but there was a lot more rear grip. I think we have more to learn, so maybe if we use some of those settings and the engine, then we can get onto the right path. Overall, it’s a positive end and we are well on our way to being ready for next year. Now it’s time to train and relax, but I’m excited already for 2018."

 

 

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TEST - Spain - Jerez - 2017

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Progress made for Gardner as 2018 preparations begin – Bendsneyder impresses on Moto2 test debut

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Remy Gardner took the first steps in gearing up for his sophomore season in the fiercely contested Moto2 class by closing the Jerez test with a solid run to 11th. Gardner tested various setup options for his Mistral 610 and gained an improved feeling all round, which left him six tenths from the top three. Now he confidently awaits the next outing at Valencia.

Meanwhile, the promising rookie, Bo Bendsneyder, concluded a positive first showing aboard the Mistral 610 as he got up to speed in the Moto2 class. The young Dutch rider gained experience on the first day, and then made encouraging steps forward today. He posted his personal best on his penultimate lap, that notably put him half a second behind his teammate.


Remy Gardner

Position: 11th - Time: 1'42.337 - Laps: 55


Gardner - 2017“Overall, the test was good and I am happy with the progress. I think that after the changes we made, I can run about 2 tenths of a second quicker if I can find a perfect lap. This is encouraging and my end position was not bad, but I am still looking for more. However, I think that we are going in the right direction and I’m certain that we can improve further in Valencia, yet overall, it was definitely a positive two days here in Jerez."


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 21st - Time: 1'42.898 - Laps: 75


Bendsneyder - 2017“I had a really amazing time here and I was consistent and managed to advance on every lap. Yesterday was all about gaining experience and then today, I started well and posted a fast time at the beginning. My pace was quite good and we maintained our speed throughout the day. Then I rode 25 laps on the same tyres, and on the last run, I produced my best time which was a 1’42.898. When I set that time, I had completed 31 laps on that rubber and that is very positive, as those old tyres had done more than race distance. I want to thank the team a lot and soon we will be back on the track in Valencia and so I am looking forward to this.“

 

 

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Hard fought race for relentless Gardner - Misfortune strikes Vierge in final Tech3 GP

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Remy Gardner finished his full year in Moto2 with a determined fight in the challenging season finale. Gardner leapt forward when the lights went out and quickly set into his pace as the sun shone down on the Valencia circuit. Eventually, he crossed the finish line in 22nd to close the difficult weekend, but he confidently eyes up for the forthcoming 2018 tests.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s memorable season ended in an unfortunate way after he fell from 7th. The impressive Spaniard lunged forward from the third row and quickly joined the tussle for 5th. However, his luck changed on the 17th lap, marking a frustrating end to his highly positive time with Tech3. The entire team would like to thank Vierge for his efforts over the years and wish him luck for the future.


Remy Gardner

Position: 22nd - Championship: 21st - Points: 23


Gardner - 2017“I can’t hide how truly disappointed I am with this race. We tried a new setting and it didn’t suit me. I really struggled and in the end, I just made sure that I made it to the chequered flag. Hopefully, when we test this week and next, we can make a big step forward and try to start getting everything ready for the 2018 season, because we need to improve."


Xavi Vierge

Position: DNF - Championship: 11th - Points: 98


Vierge - 2017“I am really frustrated with how the race finished today. Throughout the weekend, everything was so good and I started the GP with my objective being to finish in 10th in the championship. However, I had the same issue as last year in Valencia. As soon as I started, I felt that the bike didn’t slow down when the same amount of pressure was applied as normal and I couldn’t control the brakes as fully as I wanted to. In every corner, I did my best but when the tyres dropped, I fell. It’s a big shame because today could have been a very good race, yet, we had an issue that we couldn't control and a crash. I have to say thank you to the Tech3 Racing team for the amazing two and half years together.“


Hervé Poncharal
Team Manager


“This will be my final press release for the 2017 season, and we had a great time with Xavi Vierge so I want to thank him once more for his efforts as well as his never give up attitude. He made a real step up this year and he was riding another very strong race here in Valencia. Unfortunately, he crashed which was a big shame because we all know that he is going to leave us tonight and it would have been great to celebrate one final top eight finish which was highly possible. Thank you Xavi for everything you have done and we will miss you for sure. On the other side of the garage, Remy has had a tough weekend and he finished in 22nd. I think that he needs to find some consistency and it's a shame that he’s losing his teammate, who was a good reference for him. We are 100% behind Remy, which is why we signed him for another year. Yet, right now it’s a bit confusing about what is going on and it is disappointing. Anyway, the team will start testing in Jerez this week and then the week after in Valencia. Hopefully, he can find a new feeling for the 2018 season. Thanks to the entire crew, everyone worked very hard and now we will start preparing for 2018.“

 

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Vierge to lunge forward from the third row – Gardner determined to fight

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Xavi Vierge will commence his last race for the Tech3 Racing Team from 9th on the grid after an accomplished display in qualifying today. Vierge powered to a time that was only 0.498 back from the front row and he aims to turn the strong qualifying placement into a top tier result at the twisting Valencia circuit to finish his season in a highly positive manner.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a challenging qualifying session and will begin the sprint from the eighth row of the grid. Nevertheless, the young Australian seeks to bounce back and fight to the flag to close the weekend with a solid performance.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 9th - Time: 1'35.653 - Laps: 14


Vierge - 2017“I am happy with today and the entire weekend so far. It was a bit tricky because of the new compound of tyre from Dunlop, which made it more difficult and I had some small issues. Yet, finally, in the qualifying, we made good progress. My lap time is fast, but the most important thing is the rhythm and I think I have a very positive pace, which will allow me to fight for a top position tomorrow. Thanks to my team for their hard work and I am excited to race.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 25th - Time: 1'36.189 - Laps: 18


Gardner - 2017“It was a bad qualifying and I can’t hide my disappointment. My personal best today was slower than the time that I rode last year, which makes the situation even more annoying. I really struggled and I just didn’t have a good feeling. We need to make some changes for tomorrow and we have work to do tonight. However, I’ll do my best as always to fight."

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Vierge on the pace as Valencia GP begins – Gardner ready for more

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Xavi Vierge got straight up to speed in front of his home fans as he finished the first day in 10th overall and only 0.554 back from the top. The young Spaniard aims to continue the momentum tomorrow and then deliver another notable result on Sunday in order to close his time with the Tech3 Racing Team in a highly positive way.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner took the initial steps in preparing for Sunday’s race, which he seeks to close with a solid performance. Today, the young Australian rookie completed FP1 in 15th but finished the day in 17th in the combined standings, and three-tenths of a second behind his teammate. Tomorrow he has his sights set on unlocking his potential with a strong display in qualifying.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 10th - Time: 1'36.356 - Laps: 38


Vierge - 2017“It was a positive first day here in Valencia. We did a lot of work with the new tyre because Dunlop brought the number 2 compound for this circuit, however, now we have a slight issue with chatter. Anyway, both sessions were productive so we will try to find some small improvements for tomorrow in order to have a successful qualifying. Thanks to the team for their work and I’m already excited to get back on the track.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 17th - Time: 1'36.621 - Laps: 39


Gardner - 2017“The first day was decent for me but I am confident that we can have a better time tomorrow. I struggled a bit with the turning of the bike, and we are working really hard to fix that. In all honesty, I am slightly disappointed with FP2 because I was riding a solid time, but I ran wide at turn 12 which ruined the lap. Anyway, this was unfortunate, yet, it’s not the race. Tomorrow is qualifying and I am sure that we can find a good setting in FP3 and then be as ready as possible in the afternoon."

 

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GP18 - Spain - Valencia - 2017

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Positive finish to challenging Malaysian GP for Vierge - Disappointment for Gardner at Sepang

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Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a fearless display in Malaysia to conclude the round 17 fight in 8th. The young Spaniard began the race from 14th on the grid and quickly got to work as he battled through the pack. In the closing stages, Vierge became involved in a fierce fight with local hero Hafizh Syahrin as the clouds threatened. Yet, he held his nerve as the raindrops fell and eventually met the chequered flag inside the top ten.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner suffered a disappointing close to the weekend after falling on the second lap. The young Australian undertook a superb start to jump up 12 places by the close of the opening lap, which he finished in 13th. However, his luck ran out shortly after, whereby he fell at turn 9 as he attempted to continue his climb.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 8th - Championship: 10th - Points: 98


Vierge - 2017“We did a good job during the race. I had a very positive start but there was a delay in the first few corners because several riders crashed in front of me, which meant that I lost a lot of positions. Later, my pace was strong and I caught the riders in front and start to fight with Hafizh Syahrin. When the rain began to fall, I tried to lead the group but the race wasn’t stopped and so I attempted to pass my rivals on the brakes. Yet when I opened the throttle, the other bikes were a bit faster and they overtook me. Finally, I finished 8th which is not bad and we collected some valuable points for the championship. Thanks to the Tech3 team for their work and now we will focus on the final round in Valencia.“


Remy Gardner

Position: DNF - Championship: 20th - Points: 23


Gardner - 2017“It was a bad end to a really challenging weekend. I made a good start and the first two laps were incredible as I went from 25th to 11th in the course of about ten corners. Everything was looking positive, but then there was another rider in front and I underestimated how slow he was. I think he knew I was behind him before he turned in, yet he chopped my nose, we touched and then I fell. It was really unlucky but what else can I say."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“It was another rewarding weekend for Xavi Vierge and it goes without saying that the three flyaway races have been good for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team, as Xavi completed the Japanese Grand Prix in 2nd, the Australian round in 5th and he finished 8th here. The conditions were tough in almost every GP, but he has improved, as has the Mistral 610 and together they are getting stronger. Thanks to him and his entire crew, as well as KYB suspension for their never give up attitude and constant hard work. We are really happy about that and we are inside the top ten in the championship. As a constructor, it is very close between Suter, Speed Up and Tech3, so it is pleasing to see this. As for Remy, he had a bad qualifying, which was a shame because we know his potential is a lot higher than this. However, he had an incredible first lap and got as high as 11th, plus he was ahead of Xavi at some point, which was encouraging. Unfortunately, whilst he was running with the top ten riders, there was someone else in front of him and Remy didn't expect him to be that slow so he hit him by accident. Both of them crashed which was a pity but he is not injured and hopefully, we can finish the season with a strong result in Valencia. I want to thank the entire Tech3 Racing Team for their work and overall, I have to say that this is a really good season for us."

 

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Vierge to line up in 14th for Malaysian GP – Gardner ready to fight in Sepang challenge

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Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge battled against the searing heat today in Malaysia to qualify on the 5th row of the grid for the round 17 sprint. The young Spaniard’s best lap saw him finish 0.964 back from pole position as he worked relentlessly to overcome traction issues. He aims to undertake a typical rocket start tomorrow and then finish the gruelling race inside the top ten.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a challenging time at the Sepang International circuit, but he remains fully focused for the 19-lap sprint tomorrow. Gardner’s qualifying performance left him only half a second behind his teammate in the highly competitive shootout, and he seeks to close the Malaysian Grand Prix inside the points, with the race beginning at 13:20 local time, or 06:20 in central Europe.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 14th - Time: 2'07.370 - Laps: 12


Vierge - 2017“I am a little bit disappointed with today but I’m sure we can do a good job tomorrow. This morning went well and we made some improvements on the bike from yesterday. However, when I ran with the new tyres, I crashed on my first lap because the rear pushed too hard on the front. Anyway, during qualifying, the start was positive and my initial time was not bad. I tried to improve more and more but it was just too difficult because at every corner, the back tyre pushed the front and after a handful of laps, there was no grip on the rear. I tried every lap to make a step forward but eventually, it was not possible to advance. The race is tomorrow and now we will try to find a solution so that we can fight for a top ten finish.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 25th - Time: 2'07.901 - Laps: 14


Gardner - 2017“It goes without saying that it was a really difficult qualifying. On the first exit, I just couldn't find my rhythm despite the fact that I was pushing really hard. We didn’t use new tyres straight away because in the morning session, when I ran on a fresh rear we had some front issues and we were convinced that it was due to the back wheel. Therefore, we used the old rubber for qualifying, but in the afternoon, it was hotter so there was less grip. I don’t think we made the right choice, and we struggled in the first half of the shootout. However, then, we used the new tyres and I went a lot better, although we still needed more. Someone crashed in front of me in the fourth sector whilst I was running a hot lap, and this caused me to sit up, so I lost time and a few places on the grid. It was unfortunate, but we need to carry on the work to get a better position in the future and have a solid race tomorrow.

 

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