Vierge powers to 9th in front of home crowd – Gardner perseveres in arduous Catalunya fight
Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a determined and highly impressive performance at the gruelling Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya to finish 9th. The young Spaniard undertook a solid start and maintained a strong pace whilst he fought against the vastly experienced riders in the highly competitive group as track temperatures reached over 50 degrees. Eventually, Vierge emerged from the scrap to seal his 5th top ten finish of the year.
On the other side of the garage, Remy Gardner pushed nonstop at the punishing circuit to reach 20th by the fall of the flag. The promising Australian endured a tough qualifying campaign and launched forward from 26th on the grid. Nevertheless, he bolted forwards when the GP began and snaked his way up the field, despite the difficult conditions, before reaching the chequered flag.
Position: 9th - Championship: 10th - Points: 39
“I am happy because it was another weekend where we reached our goal, which is to finish inside the top ten. I completed the race in 9th, however, this is also a bit of a shame because we seem to be finishing in this position quite a lot recently! Anyway, I am really pleased because, in every session, the Tech3 Racing Team and I gave 200% effort. We know that we have work to do but I believe in my team and myself to push hard to find more improvements so that we can keep going forward. Thanks to everyone and I’m excited for Assen."
Position: 20th - Championship: 26th - Points: 2
“It was a long and hot race, plus we started on the back foot on Friday so today’s result is a reflection of how we did in the practice sessions. We didn’t really find a proper direction until qualifying and there, we made progress but some other riders held me up on my fast lap and if this didn’t happen, then we could have done a better job today. Anyway, we have learnt a lot, especially with how to ride in slippery track conditions and I think my pace was quite decent. It was more positive than Mugello but a worse final result so we have to take it on the chin but I think that in Assen we can make a pretty good step."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“I want to give very warm congratulations to Xavi Vierge who did an amazing job at this GP. Four days ago we were not sure if he would be fit to ride after the injury from Mugello. He was in a lot of pain and could not breathe 100% so when you consider the hot temperature, the track conditions and the fight that he had to make today, to finish in 9th is remarkable. We are more than happy about how he is doing and he is a real warrior. I have to say thank you to him again because he is giving 120% effort, which is what we need, and we are very proud. Now, he has a few days off where he can recover even more before Assen and hopefully there he will feel better and can show the potential of himself and the Tech3 package once again. On the other side of the garage, for some reason, Remy’s ankle does not seem to have healed properly. He is in pain, there is a lot of swelling and he can’t ride the way he wants. The bone is fixed but there are some other issues so he will have an MRI scan on Tuesday and we will know more then. We won’t give up and he still has our full trust and confidence so hopefully, he will finally see the light at the end of the tunnel soon. Tech3 is the only team that is using our in-house made machine, the Mistral 610, and we need two riders to give valuable feedback in order to improve. Right now we are working on one leg but let's hope that Remy comes back to full strength in the very near future.”