Remy Gardner powered to 14th in the gruelling Italian Grand Prix today to clinch his first World Championship points of 2017 aboard the Mistral 610. The young Australian began the sprint from 11th on the grid and quickly set into a firm rhythm as he diced with the vastly experienced opponents. He valiantly fought all the way to the chequered flag to seal the finish and positively close the weekend in Tuscany.
Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge sat out the Grand Prix today after following the doctor's advice to rest due to having minor breathing problems as a result of a heavy fall in qualifying. The young rider took the precautionary decision but will seek to bounce back at his home Grand Prix next week. The Tech3 team would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
Position: 14th - Championship: 26th - Points: 2
“The race was certainly challenging but I am happy to have scored my first points of the year, even if I had expected more today. My start was average, but then I got caught up and pushed around by some other riders so I couldn’t advance properly. I felt that I was lacking a bit of acceleration and it was really tough to pass the riders without this. Then, some slower riders, who lost some grip later, overtook me and I tried hard to gain on them, but it was tricky. In addition, I also had an issue with the nerves in my left arm, which made it harder to ride. However, we will leave Mugello with my first point scoring finish on the Mistral 610 and we have to be happy about that. However, I have to say that I expected more but I am sure that Montmelo will be positive."
DNS - Championship: 11th - Points: 32
“It was a big shame that I was not able to compete in this race, especially because I know that we would have had a good chance to seal a strong finish, but I had to follow the doctor's advice after the crash yesterday. I feel fine but we didn’t want to risk anything so now I will focus on the next round which is my home Grand Prix at Montmelo and I am really looking forward to it."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
"What an incredible race! This is why we love Moto2 and I would like to pass on my warmest congratulations to Mattia Pasini. Regarding Tech3, it was a big shame about Xavi because a top result was well within his grasp. He had a good run in FP3 and we were hoping for another strong point scoring finish but unfortunately, in qualifying, he had a nasty crash. He is ok apart from his lungs, which are not quite 100% and we know that breathing is vital when racing so the doctors advised him to rest and we fully supported their advice. It’s not the way we wanted this weekend to end but this sometimes happens in racing. On the other side, we are very pleased with Remy. He has been really unlucky so far this year and is still recovering from an injury, plus he is very young, but he had a really strong weekend. He has shown that he is coming back and that we were right to have faith in his talent. 14th is not super exciting yet, it’s his first point-scoring finish with our team. This performance is what he needed to boost his confidence for the future so I’m sure that this result will motivate him and I hope he can score many more points in the future rounds. Congratulations to him and his side of the garage who have had some tough times and I want to wish Xavi a swift recovery because we need him and want him back at full power in Catalunya."