Xavi Vierge clinched his third top ten finish of the 2017 World Championship after producing a mature and accomplished ride in Austin, Texas today. The fired up 19 year old launched forward from 12th on the grid and jumped up four places by the close of the first lap. He then ran a formidable pace around the gruelling circuit throughout the 19 lap sprint, before eventually meeting the chequered flag in 9th. The result marks a positive finish to what was a testing weekend for the Spaniard, who notably sits in 5th in the championship standings.
Meanwhile, Julian Simon, who stood in for the injured Remy Gardner, suffered misfortune as his race finished at the first turn on the opening lap after he was taken out by Stefano Manzi. The Tech3 Racing Team would like to thank Julian Simon for his efforts over the Americas Grand Prix weekend.
Position: 9th - Championship: 5 - Points: 25
“I am very happy with the result after what was a tough weekend for me and my team. There were a few problems when we initially got going here on Friday, but the crew worked really hard and we managed to turn it around. The bike felt good in the GP, and I rode a solid rhythm but unfortunately, the riders in front were just out of reach. However, to finish inside the top ten again and to currently be 5th in the championship is very positive. Next, we will start the European run, and there, I need to work in order to make a step forward so that I can get closer to the front-runners. Thanks to the Tech3 guys for their efforts this weekend and I’m excited to get back on the track at the next round in my home country."
Position: DNF - Championship: Not classified
“The race finished in a really unfortunate way and it’s a big shame to end the weekend like this. I felt positive in the morning warm up and I had a good feeling about the Grand Prix. When the lights went out, I undertook a solid start, but then my GP ended almost immediately because another rider hit me. Fortunately, I am ok and there is no serious damage. Anyway, I have to say thank you and all the best to the Tech3 family for the rest of the season. I enjoyed working with the team and the experience was great, plus, the Mistral 610 has very good potential."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“It was another strong result for Xavi and the Tech3 Racing Team. We knew that the opening three races would be tricky, but to come out with Xavi sitting in 5th in the standings, as we head to Europe, is very important as well as pleasing. He had a really good start today and a great battle. However when two-thirds of the GP had been completed, he understood that the gap to the guys in front of him was a bit too big, so he made the sensible decision to bring the bike home and collect some valuable points which helped him secure 5th in the standings. There were a lot of accomplished riders behind us and we are proud of his achievement, plus we are third in the constructors championship. Thanks to Xavi for his speed, his attitude and his approach to the race. On the other side of the garage, unfortunately, it seems like it doesn’t matter who is on that bike because it has not finished one lap in any of the three GP’s so far. This time it was Manzi who hit Julian, and I think that this is dangerous and for me, he should be penalised. The bike is destroyed, Julian could have been badly injured, and we all know that races cannot be won at the first corner. I am sorry for the entire crew, but things will turn around. Remy will hopefully be fit and we hope that Europe will be more positive for bike number two. Finally, I must say congratulations to Xavi Vierge and also I have to give Julian a very special and big thank you for his professionalism and his speed on the track. I think a point scoring finish would have possible, but he was unfortunately taken out. Julian’s attitude was perfect and he gave us some really important information, so I want to thank him again for replacing Remy."