Gardner recovers to seize 13th – Determined Vierge perseveres

Written by  , Published in GP13 - Italy - Misano - 2017

Remy Gardner fought against the treacherous conditions to complete the eventful San Marino GP in 13th. When the shootout began, he bolted forward from the eighth row and by the mid point he was running in 8th. Gardner then fell on the 15th lap but he jumped back on his Mistral 610 and continued to push before falling again at turn 6 with three laps to go. Yet he remained resolute and finally completed the race in 13th.  

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s hopes of a top finish were dashed after he fell on the third lap, but he bravely remounted to complete the sprint in 15th. When the lights went out, Vierge bolted forward and moved up to 9th by the close of the first lap having started from 15th. However, the young Spaniard’s luck ran out as he crashed shortly after, but he re-joined the race and powered onwards before eventually finishing inside the points.


Remy Gardner

Position: 13th - Championship: 19th - Points: 17


Gardner - 2017“It was a tough day and I am happy to have finished. The first crash was a bit unfortunate because I was pushing hard and it was strange how it occurred, but I just lost the front at an acceleration point. It happened whilst I was attempting to keep the distance to the riders behind so that I didn’t have to deal with them. I got back on the bike and then a few laps later, I fell again at the same corner but this time it was at the exit. Luckily, I didn’t lose any places and I finished in 13th. I am sorry to the team and I really wish that I could have given them a better result today. I think that we can take the positives from this and build on what happened, but thanks to Hervé for the opportunity."


Xavi Vierge

Position: 15th - Championship: 12th - Points: 56


Vierge - 2017“I am very disappointed with today’s outcome. Normally, in these conditions, I am competitive but this morning in the warm up, I never found a good feeling with the bike and I fell. In the race, I made a solid start by passing a lot of riders and I got into a good group. Yet, during the first few laps, I saw that it was not possible to stay there and then I fell, which of course, leaves me disappointed. Anyway, I got back on the bike and finally took one point for the championship. Now we will work hard and focus on Aragon.“


Hervé Poncharal

Team manager


"After watching the Moto3 race, we knew that the intermediate class sprint would be full of action and we were not disappointed. Again, Xavi had a great start and he was running as high as 9th, which was an ideal position. Unfortunately, like a lot of other riders, he fell off in what was a fast crash and it was an extra pity that it happened so early. He rejoined and for sure everything was a bit bent on the bike yet, he bravely recovered to score a point, which is something even if it’s not at all where Xavi wanted to finish. On the other side, Remy had a bit of a slower start but he was pushing and was riding some really great times. He got up to 8th and it was looking like he could have ended up in 10th as the worst-case scenario without a crash. I know it’s not necessary to say, but unfortunately, he fell. We are at an important time of the year where a lot of things are being discussed and he knows that results matter. Anyway, he got back on the track, and was running in 12th and had a big gap on the rider behind but with three laps to go he fell again, before finishing 13th. He rode some very decent laps but two crashes in the race marks a disappointed close to the weekend, however, we hope to have a more successful time at Aragon."

 

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