Xavi Vierge showed his potential for the 2017 season by closing the solitary practice session today with a highly positive display aboard the Mistral 610. After pushing non-stop, the young Spaniard finished with a notable time that left him just 0.017 back from the position in front and 8th in the combined standings. Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a tricky time, despite his best efforts, as he worked hard to amend a grip issue. Nevertheless, the young Australian produced his quickest time of the weekend, which put him only one second from the top, and in 23rd in the overall times. Vierge and Gardner fully intend to hit the track at full speed tomorrow with Moto2 Qualifying commencing at 18:55 local time.
Position: 8th - Time: 2'00.791 - Laps: 15
“FP3 went positively and I am excited to see what we can do in qualifying. Yesterday, I expected a lot but in the first practice I experienced some issues and I couldn’t find a good feeling or rhythm. Then, I had an issue with the speed in the second session and it was tricky, but I never gave up. However, the team worked hard all evening to amend the situation and the solutions worked very well today. Even with old tyres, I rode a really solid rhythm and then later, with the new rubber, I felt so comfortable on the bike. I know that I need to adjust my riding style a bit, but the big step that we made was with the overall feeling and I am certain that I can go even faster than now. Of course, this is very positive ahead of the qualifying tomorrow, so thanks to the team and I’m looking forward to getting back on the track."
Position: 23rd - Time: 2'01.429 - Laps: 15
“It was tough for us today and I feel like we could have done better, but tomorrow is another day and we will do our best once again. In FP3, the issue was that I wasn’t comfortable with the front of the bike and this obviously limited me. However, we resolved some of the chatter from yesterday and that is a solid positive, and we’ve definitely made steps forward with that. Yet, I was hoping for more, especially with the new tyre at the beginning of the practice. We need to push on now and see what we can do to improve for tomorrow."