Tech3 Racing Team rider Remy Gardner pushed through the pain to complete his first Moto2 race of the year as he bravely finished the challenging round four fight in 22nd despite his heavily injured ankle. The young Australian began from the head of the tenth row of the grid and progressed throughout the race before he met the chequered flag, as he showed admirable determination. Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s hopes of a strong finish in front of his home fans were cruelly cut short after he was involved in a multi-rider collision at turn six on the second lap whilst dicing near the front of the field. After the incident, the Spanish rider returned to the pits and rejoined the race but he was eventually forced to retire on the 16th lap.
Position: 22nd - Championship: Not Classified
“The GP today was certainly difficult but I gave my absolute all and I am happy to have completed the whole distance and not just half a lap, like the last times. It was very hot and after about seven or eight laps, it started to get really painful for me to change direction due to my injury. Also, my arms got tired because I had to use more of my upper body to compensate. In addition, my eyes began to swell up and close during the race for some reason, so it was definitely a tough one! Next week will just be recuperation, but for now, I just want to move on and focus on Le Mans. There, I hope to be in better shape and I’m sure we can have a more positive time."
Position: DNF - Championship: 10th - Points: 25
“I am pleased with how the weekend went but I can’t hide my disappointed about today’s result. This track was tricky for the team and me, but in every session, I did everything that I could to improve. I qualified well, and it was my best of the year, and I felt confident for the GP because my rhythm was positive. I made a really good start and reached 3rd at the second corner. Then, I pushed to try and stay with the leading bikes, but unfortunately, another rider crashed and collided with me. This is a big shame because I could have achieved a good result for the team, and most importantly, I could have collected a lot of points. Nevertheless, I must stay positive and I will return stronger so that the next GP will be more successful."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“I am disappointed with what happened today in the Moto2 race for us. Xavi has done a great job all season and throughout the weekend here and it was a very important event for him in front of his home crowd. He had another incredible start as he was quickly up to third. We knew that he could run a good pace and we were confident about a top five finish, or possibly even a podium. This is what Xavi was doing, but unfortunately, and we have seen this happen before, he was taken out in the early stages. We are very disappointed because everything was ready for a strong result and we were there to complete the GP. In addition, we could see that once he picked up the bike and re-joined the race, his pace was good enough to be in the top five, despite the bike being a bit bent, but then he was forced to retire. It’s a real pity because we could have kept the fifth position in the championship but we have to accept that this kind of thing happens. Furthermore, we are still yet to end a Grand Prix with both guys, and every incident and DNF has happened because of someone else and not because of our riders. On the other side of the garage, I have to congratulate Remy Gardner for his never give up attitude and his strong desire to push even though he was in a lot of pain. We told him that it was fine if he chose to not race due to his injury. Yet, he fought until the end and this shows his pure grit. Everyone hopes that he will be closer to full fitness at Le Mans, where he can hopefully score his first points of the year. Xavi is very angry and hungry for success and the incident has doubled his determination. He is physically ok so let's move on to Le Mans, the Tech3 team’s home Grand Prix, where hopefully we will have a bit more luck and some more speed."