Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a spirited display in the French GP qualifying today and will kick off his quest to seal a strong result at the Tech3 Racing team’s home race from 11th on the grid. The young Spaniard was making progress in the highly competitive practice, but his hopes of moving up the grid were halted after he fell in the late stages of the shootout. Nevertheless, he aims to achieve his fourth top ten finish of the year tomorrow in Le Mans.
Meanwhile, Remy Gardner pushed relentlessly to seize a starting position on the 8th row of the grid as he continues to recover from his ankle injury. The young Australian grit his teeth before finishing with a time that was 0.546 behind Vierge and tomorrow he hopes to fight for his first championship points of the season.
Position: 11th - Time: 1'37.223 - Laps: 18
“It was a challenging day but the end qualifying position is not so bad and tomorrow I will do my best. Throughout the weekend we have had to deal with mixed weather conditions but finally, the shootout today was dry. I tried to give 200% effort but it was just not possible to get a better result than what we achieved today. I have some work in front of me that I have to do in order to improve my rhythm for the race, but I will fight and do my best like always."
Position: 23rd - Time: 1'37.769 - Laps: 18
“It was tricky, but the qualifying wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and I managed to improve my riding a lot. We are only 1.2 of a second back from the front, which is good, but I think we definitely made a decent step forward in this session to get my confidence back up. Unfortunately, I made a mistake on my final lap, which would have been strong, but I was pushing a bit too hard and I ran wide so I nearly tucked the front. This is a shame, but the big day is tomorrow and I’m sure that the long and hard race will give me what I need to get back into the swing of things. Still, I’m quite happy overall and I will give it everything that I have got in the GP."