Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a determined display under the floodlights to seize a solid top ten finish as he outlined his intentions for the 2017 Moto2 season. The young Spaniard began the sprint from 8th on the grid and quickly set into a firm and consistent pace which saw him remain in the highly competitive pack. Eventually, after pushing non-stop, Vierge met the chequered flag in 9th, but just 0.012 behind Lorenzo Baldassarri after a nail-biting dash to the flag. Meanwhile, Remy Gardner’s race debut on the Mistral 610 was unfortunately cut short after another rider hit him on the frantic opening lap. Nevertheless, the young Australian will seek to fully bounce back at the next round in Argentina in a fortnight.
Position: 9th - Championship: 9 - Points: 7
“In general, this weekend went very positively for me and I feel that we have started the season really well with this ninth place finish and we can go home feeling satisfied. I had two or three issues during this entire event but the Tech3 crew worked hard and they found the solutions quite quickly, which I am more than pleased about. I began the race a bit higher up on the grid than last year, but I need to work a bit more on the traction in order to make another step in front during the GP. Thanks again to the guys for their work and I am looking forward to getting back on the bike in Argentina."
Position: DNF - Championship: Not classified
“It was a disappointing day and I know that I wouldn’t have been taken out if we had started further up the field. It’s a real shame about the weather and that we weren’t able to ride yesterday so I couldn’t improve my grid position. Anyway, the positive is that I had a great start and the first two thirds of the lap went well, and I think I was up to 15th before I was hit by another rider. I’ve got to pick myself up now and then focus on the Argentina race. I thought that we could have sealed a positive result to close the weekend well, so it’s a big shame that it ended up this way, but I am more determined for the next round."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
"It has been a very long wait until today when the Moto2 season finally kicked off and it’s great to be back at the track after the lengthy absence. The top ten was the target for Xavi, and he ended up in 9th so we are all pleased with the result and his performance. As usual, he had a great start, put his head down and fought all race long. He got into a group of really strong riders, that featured Quartararo, Marini, Baldassarri, Aegerter and Kent, and I’m delighted that he finished in the middle of this pack in 9th. The result is a great reward for him and the team as it’s vital to score some points in the first event so that we can leave for the next round with a positive feeling. For sure he wanted more, but 9th in the opening GP is super, especially if you look at who he finished ahead of and we are starting the championship in the way that we wanted to. Unfortunately, on the other side of the garage, Remy, who we have a lot of faith in and who we believe is going to become a strong rider in the very near future, was hit from behind by another competitor. This is highly frustrating because the most important thing for him was to finish the race and get some experience. Nevertheless, it was a great day for Xavi and the next one will be better for Remy."