Xavi Vierge recorded a solid top ten finish at the Tech3 Racing Team’s home Grand Prix after producing a determined display in the round 5 fight. The Spaniard began the race from 11th the grid and quickly set into a consistent pace as he ran with the top group in the opening stages. After fighting all the way to the chequered flag, he concluded the GP in 9th, to achieve his fourth top ten result of the year.
Meanwhile, the resolute Remy Gardner delivered a confidence boosting performance to finish the French Grand Prix in 20th as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. The young Australian fought tirelessly in the gruelling 26-lap sprint and he now confidently looks on to the next race at Mugello where he hopes to fight for his first points of the season.
Position: 9th - Championship: 8th - Points: 32
“The result today was another positive close to a racing weekend. This event was a bit tricky because we didn’t have many completely dry sessions until today, but the team worked hard to give me the best possible bike. In the race, I felt really good on my Mistral, and I pushed hard to remain with the leading riders. However, on the sixth lap, Baldassarri crashed in front of me and as a result, I lost two or three seconds which is a lot. Then Corsi and Nakagami passed me, but I stayed close and I tried to overtake them on the last lap, yet it was not possible today. Another top ten is good so thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team for their hard work and I believe that we will improve in the next rounds."
Position: 20th - Championship: Not Classified
“It was a tough day for me but I gave it everything that I had and I’m sure that the next round will be more positive. Today, I had a bit of an issue with the front because there was some chatter and vibration when I entered the corners. I struggled and eventually, I got really tired towards the end. However, to finish the race is confidence boosting and hopefully, I can come back stronger and a bit fitter at the next Moto2 race in Mugello."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“Xavi Vierge had a strong race today and we are pleased with his result at our Home Grand Prix. He had another exceptional start and rode a really good pace as he fought with Corsi and Nakagami who are riders that we want to be close to every weekend because we know that they can win GP’s. It was a long race but Xavi never gave up and he set his fastest lap towards the end. He pushed non-stop and eventually, those three finished quite close together with our rider completed the sprint in 9th. In addition, this result meant that we reclaimed 8th in the championship standings after the big disappointment of Spain. We all know that we have to continue in this way, and collect as many points as we can. Tomorrow we have a test here in Le Mans and there’s quite a lot to do as we undertook some aerodynamic work last week and so we are going to test a few items tomorrow. We know that Moto2 is not easy and perhaps it is the toughest class in the MotoGP World Championship but we will keep pushing. I want to say thank you to Xavi, his crew chief Antonio and the whole team. On the other side of the garage, it was not so easy for Remy who is still limping and has quite a lot of pain with his injured ankle. We can see that he is coming back so let's wait a few more weeks until Barcelona, where he should be almost 90% fit. For Remy, it must be a big motivation to see what his teammate is doing and Italy will be here soon where hopefully our rider will be a bit fitter.”