GP10 - Czech Republic - Brno - 2017

GP10 - Czech Republic - Brno - 2017 (3)

Rapid Vierge powers to 5th in Czech GP – Impressive Gardner snatches 9th

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Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a remarkable performance to complete the dramatic Czech Grand Prix in 5th, which equals his best finish in the Moto2 class. The young Spaniard charged forward when the lights went out and moved up eight positions on the first lap. Vierge continued his climb, however, the red flags were issued at just before the midway point due to rain. As a result, the race distance was reduced to six laps and when it restarted, Vierge continued his hard work. He battled furiously in the ultra competitive group before meeting the chequered flag in 5th, which marks a fantastic comeback after missing the two previous Grand Prix’s due to injury.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner sealed his best result in the intermediate class as he notably finished the sprint in 9th. The young gun kicked off the fight from the ninth row of the grid and after a positive start, he was running in 23rd before the race was stopped. When the frantic six lap dash commenced, Gardner took advantage and stuck into a superb rhythm as he aggressively moved through the field. His determination paid off and he sped across the finish line in 9th, after starting the Grand Prix from 26th on the grid.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 5th - Championship: 10th - Points: 51


 

Vierge - 2017“I am happy with today and very pleased with my comeback. Yesterday was tough, yet in the warm up this morning, I may have only completed one lap before it started raining, but I knew that the bike felt great. When the race started, the track was not in the best condition due to the wet patches, however, I had a really strong start and I began to ride fast and also quicker than yesterday in qualifying, which was positive. Unfortunately, the GP was stopped because of the rain, so after that, we had a six lap sprint. Here, I lost a lot of positions when it began, but I got back up the field. When I reached 5th, I tried to push to get on the podium but it was impossible to catch the riders in front. I could keep the gap the same but I just couldn’t close in on them. Anyway, 5th today and 10th in the championship is great, so thanks to Dr Mir, all of the medical staff who have helped me and everyone at the Clinica Mobile who have aided me with my hand. I also have to say thank you to the Tech3 team for their fantastic work.”


Remy Gardner

Position: 9th - Championship: 21st - Points: 13


 

Gardner - 2017“It was a very positive day and we really turned it around from yesterday but even though it was a bit unexpected, I am delighted to get my best result in the Moto2 class. We were lucky that the race got red flagged and the rain came because I was strong and I played it smart. I was waiting for everyone to fight with each other and when they did, I got through on the inside and managed to overtake two riders at a time so I gained places fast. I used my head, tried to keep cool and I finished right behind Morbidelli, but I didn’t want to risk anything with the championship leader so I played it safe behind him! I’m extremely happy but we’ve got a bit more work to do, however, we will come back in Austria and hopefully, we can have another good result.”


Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager


 

“It was an incredible weekend altogether for the Tech3 Racing Team. There was a lot of disappointment and sadness on Friday when we heard that Xavi will officially embark on a new adventure next year. Of course, we wish him luck for this, but you can imagine that everyone here was sad because Xavi is part of our team and our family. However, to reward us, and after coming back from a serious hand injury, he finished third in the wet FP1 and dry FP2 practice sessions on Friday. Therefore, we knew that he was back to his full potential after the tricky time that he has had following the crash in Assen. Today he was just amazing. Qualifying was not easy for him yesterday and he began from quite far back, but he had a strong start and fast pace and he was running in 8th when the red flag was issued. His restart was not ideal in the second race but he showed great determination to equal his best finish in Moto2. I would like to thank him a lot and also congratulate him. We know how hard he was trying to recover, and no matter what happens in the future, we are very proud of him and he has helped to write some important chapters in the Tech3 history books. I am also really happy with Remy Gardner because the short six lap race gave him the chance to shine. I hope this result and his performance shows the light at the end of the tunnel for him after the injury that he sustained in Argentina. He worked really hard with a lot of pain in the last few GP's but today he was only a few metres behind the championship leader at the end, so we are very proud of what he did. To have both riders inside the top nine is a great achievement and let's hope this is going to boost the spirit of the team and we will start FP1 in Austria on a positive note.”

 

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Resolute Vierge awaits Czech GP – Gardner ready to battle tomorrow

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Xavi Vierge will kick off the round 10 fight at the iconic Brno circuit from the 6th row of the grid after producing a determined effort in the difficult qualifying today. The young Spaniard who began the weekend with two superb performances yesterday to clinch 3rd in both practice sessions, fought against the challenging track conditions this afternoon. Despite giving his all, he powered to a personal best that left him one second from the front, and he now optimistically awaits the highly anticipated sprint tomorrow.

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Remy Gardner will start from the ninth row of the grid after a tough afternoon in the Czech Republic. A small crash halted his progress as he battled relentlessly against heat and grip issues, but despite the result, the young Australian remains fully confident for the race as he aims to close the weekend in the points.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 18th - Time: 2'03.632 - Laps: 13


Vierge - 2017“It was a difficult day and the track conditions were worse than yesterday. This morning, in FP3, I made a good step with the bike, but I had an unfortunate crash on new tyres, which was a pity. For the qualifying, I didn’t feel the same as yesterday and I tried to push and complete a lot of laps, but finally, I wasn’t able to improve on the lap time from this morning. It’s a little bit disappointing but the main event is tomorrow and it’s the most important day. I need to work with the team tonight so that we can improve, but I’m excited to race as always.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 26th - Time: 2'04.294 - Laps: 11


Gardner - 2017“I am pretty disappointed with the outcome of this qualifying, and I was definitely expecting a lot more. FP3 went really well so I had high hopes for this afternoon, yet it wasn’t meant to be. The track was hot and I didn’t have a good feeling plus, there was a lot of spinning and sliding. It’s not a great starting position and it’s certainly going to be a hard race tomorrow, however, anything could happen with the weather so we will see, but I will give it my all like always.”

 

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Vierge rockets to 3rd on opening day in Brno – Gardner ready for more

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Xavi Vierge fired a warning shot to his rivals by superbly finishing both sessions in 3rd today in the Czech Republic aboard his Mistral 610. The young Spaniard who missed the previous two rounds due to a severe injury to his left thumb, bounced back in a superb manner as he concluded FP2 only 0.057 back from 2nd.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner undertook a confident start to proceedings at the Brno circuit, and after a tricky wet morning session, where he unfortunately fell, the young Australian made solid progress in the dry FP2 practice. He was unlucky to see his best lap time cancelled due to exceeding the track limits in the final moments of the session, yet the positive performance leaves him fully charged for tomorrow.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 3rd - Time: 2'03.294 - Laps: 14


 

Vierge - 2017“I am very happy with how the first day went in Brno. I can’t quite believe this comeback from my injury because last month was very hard and I had to go to the physiotherapist every day. There was a lot of pain but we are back on track now. So I have to say thanks to Dr Mir and his team for the amazing job, and also thanks to the doctors, physios and everyone else involved as well as the Tech3 team, who worked hard during the summer break. This is the result and I am so happy with 3rd in both conditions. I know tomorrow will be tough again and it was challenging to stay in the leading group but I will give it 200% so that I can do a good job in qualifying and line up next to the top guys on the grid on Sunday.. Thanks to the Tech3 Racing team for their work.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 23rd - Time: 2'04.797 - Laps: 14


 

Gardner - 2017“It was a tricky first day back, but there are positives to be taken. I had a crash in the wet morning session as I wasn’t feeling completely perfect on the bike and then on the last lap, I was pushing and it spun up and flicked me over the handlebars. I hurt my ribs a bit but luckily nothing is broken. We had a dry FP2 session yet, the bike did not feel the same as last time, so there’s some work to do. To be honest, even though the result is not fantastic, we are pretty close and we just need a bit more. It should be a decent weekend regarding the weather and we hope it stays dry, but for now, it’s time to work and regroup so that we can be ready for tomorrow."

 

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