GP14 - Spain - Aragon

GP14 - Spain - Aragon (4)

Vierge clinches points on home soil - Gardner preservers in tough battle

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Xavi Vierge completed the Aragon GP in 14th after delivering a determined performance in the challenging sprint. He began from the ninth row and quickly started running a rapid rhythm as he manoeuvred his way through the ultra-aggressive pack. The Spaniard duelled with Lorenzo Baldassarri right up to the chequered flag, which he met in 14th having impressively moved up 11 places from his grid position.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a demanding afternoon but rode relentlessly in the 21 lap sprint to finish 20th. The young Australian began from 17th and after a tricky start, he remained focused and maintained a consistent pace. He set his fastest time on the final lap and now confidently looks on to the upcoming triple flyaway races.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 14th - Championship: 14th - Points: 58


Vierge - 2017“It certainly was a challenging weekend, but firstly, I have to say thank you to the Tech3 Racing Team as they worked really hard up until the race, in order to discover what the issue was and to give me the best possible bike. I am happy with how the GP went because I started from 25th but I got back to 14th, which means two points, and I will take the positives. Fortunately, tomorrow we have a test here where we aim to understand our situation more and then try to find a good setup for the Asia tour. Again, thanks to my crew for their efforts.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 20th - Championship: 19th - Points: 17


Gardner - 2017“The race was disappointing for me. After the first corner, Pons cut across and hit me, which meant that I nearly crashed and it caused me to lose a lot of time and positions. This put me on the back foot but then, one lap later another rider touched me before the back straight and I lost a second or two and a few more places so it didn’t start in a good way. In addition, the bike felt a bit strange and there was some chatter. We took the gamble but unfortunately, it didn’t pay off this weekend. Luckily, we have a test here tomorrow and we have work to do."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“It was a reasonably positive weekend for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 team. We knew our grid position was far from ideal but despite that, Xavi had a decent start, got his head down and pushed. He produced some really fast lap times, which were very similar to the riders inside the top ten, and occasionally even better. Xavi managed to get back up to 13th in the last laps but just lost out to Baldassarri on the final lap by only 0.070. However, 14th means two more points in the championship. It was a tough yet strong weekend and, as usual, he never gave up plus the whole team worked hard. This class is so competitive that I think to end up in the top 15 is a great reward and something to be proud of. I am also quite happy with how Remy did. We confirmed that he will stay with us for 2018 and he rode well in both the wet and dry conditions. In the race, he also pushed non-stop, but there was a small issue half way through which caused him to lose some time. Yet, in the closing stages, he was catching the guys in front of him who are strong Moto2 riders. Remy also set his fastest lap right at the end of the sprint, which is promising and we must remember that he is only 18 and it’s his rookie season. We are pleased with our boys, even if we want to do better than 14th and 20th yet, in this class it’s always a tough fight but we are working."

 

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Gardner to start Aragon fight from 6th row – Vierge determined for Sunday

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Moto2 class rookie Remy Gardner will commence his quest to clinch a strong point scoring result at the Aragon Grand Prix from 17th on the grid. The young Australian fought throughout the 45-minute shootout under the scorching Spanish sun and eventually finished 0.992 from the pole position time.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge will leap forward from the head of the ninth row as he intends to power to a strong result in front of his home crowd. The young gun endured a tricky time today as he worked relentlessly with the Tech3 Racing Team, but nevertheless, he confidently looks on to impressing his fans in the 21 lap battle.


Remy Gardner

Position: 17th - Time: 1’54.728- Laps: 17


Gardner - 2017“Overall, the result is not bad and I think we can have a decent day tomorrow. On my first run, I couldn’t get a clear lap and then the rear tyre started to drop quite quickly. After that, I got caught up in traffic, which prevented me from producing a good time. I then went back out with a new 4 tyre, but the grip was better on the 3, so I knew that I could go quicker. We swapped the tyres back to the 3 and I rode one solid lap, but then I got stuck with some other riders who were just playing silly games. So I decided to get my head down as well as ride on my own and I produced a half decent time. I’m still a bit frustrated with the setting, but we are getting there and we have definitely made steps forward from yesterday, which is positive. I am already close to the top fifteen in qualifying and so I’ll just have to give it my all tomorrow."


Xavi Vierge

Position: 25th - Time: 1’55.080 - Laps: 16


Vierge - 2017“It was a hard day for us, but I’m determined to do my best in front of my fans. We worked to try and make a step forward with the bike but it wasn’t possible today. When I found a small solution for the front, I lost some grip on the rear. Now I need to try and understand what we can do with my team and I will stay calm so that we can find an improvement in order to have a good race tomorrow.“

 

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Solid start for Vierge in mixed conditions – Gardner ready for more

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Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge began the Aragon GP in a confident manner as he battled against the weather today on home soil. The young gun got straight to work in the wet FP1 session, which he finished in 8th and then delivered another strong performance in the afternoon. Eventually, he completed the drying session in 9th and now he positively looks on to tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner produced a determined display in FP2 to end up only four-tenths of a second behind his teammate. The young Australian, who will remain with Tech3 for 2018, aims to take advantage of the expected dry weather tomorrow and clinch a strong qualifying position for the race on Sunday.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 9th - Time: 1’55.758 - Laps: 17


 

Vierge - 2017“The first day went positively for us at Aragon. Rain fell before FP1, however, the practice went well because today, I regained the feeling that we usually have in the wet. I felt comfortable on the bike and I was fast, which was the complete opposite to Misano, so I am happy for this. Then, this afternoon, the conditions improved and I found a good feeling with my Mistral. Now, I will work hard so that we can make another step forward tomorrow.“

 


Remy Gardner

Position: 20th - Time: 1’56.178- Laps: 17


 

Gardner - 2017“It was a strange first day here in Spain, but I’m ready for tomorrow. FP1 was wet but then this afternoon, it started to clear and we got a little bit of dry track time. The first feelings were not bad, yet, we still need to get more out of me as well as the bike. I am also very happy to say that I will stay with the Tech3 Racing Team for the 2018 season, which I am stoked for, and the hard work starts now."

 

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Gardner to remain with Tech3 for 2018

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Gardner to remain with Tech3 for 2018

The Tech3 Racing Team is pleased to announce that it has retained Remy Gardner for next season in the fiercely competitive Moto2 class. After a solid rookie season, the young Australian intends to build on the encouraging results this year, by battling to some top-tier finishes aboard the Mistral 610 in 2018.

 

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