Written by William MOODY
Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a fearless display in Malaysia to conclude the round 17 fight in 8th. The young Spaniard began the race from 14th on the grid and quickly got to work as he battled through the pack. In the closing stages, Vierge became involved in a fierce fight with local hero Hafizh Syahrin as the clouds threatened. Yet, he held his nerve as the raindrops fell and eventually met the chequered flag inside the top ten.
Meanwhile, Remy Gardner suffered a disappointing close to the weekend after falling on the second lap. The young Australian undertook a superb start to jump up 12 places by the close of the opening lap, which he finished in 13th. However, his luck ran out shortly after, whereby he fell at turn 9 as he attempted to continue his climb.
Position: 8th - Championship: 10th - Points: 98
“We did a good job during the race. I had a very positive start but there was a delay in the first few corners because several riders crashed in front of me, which meant that I lost a lot of positions. Later, my pace was strong and I caught the riders in front and start to fight with Hafizh Syahrin. When the rain began to fall, I tried to lead the group but the race wasn’t stopped and so I attempted to pass my rivals on the brakes. Yet when I opened the throttle, the other bikes were a bit faster and they overtook me. Finally, I finished 8th which is not bad and we collected some valuable points for the championship. Thanks to the Tech3 team for their work and now we will focus on the final round in Valencia.“
Position: DNF - Championship: 20th - Points: 23
“It was a bad end to a really challenging weekend. I made a good start and the first two laps were incredible as I went from 25th to 11th in the course of about ten corners. Everything was looking positive, but then there was another rider in front and I underestimated how slow he was. I think he knew I was behind him before he turned in, yet he chopped my nose, we touched and then I fell. It was really unlucky but what else can I say."
“It was another rewarding weekend for Xavi Vierge and it goes without saying that the three flyaway races have been good for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team, as Xavi completed the Japanese Grand Prix in 2nd, the Australian round in 5th and he finished 8th here. The conditions were tough in almost every GP, but he has improved, as has the Mistral 610 and together they are getting stronger. Thanks to him and his entire crew, as well as KYB suspension for their never give up attitude and constant hard work. We are really happy about that and we are inside the top ten in the championship. As a constructor, it is very close between Suter, Speed Up and Tech3, so it is pleasing to see this. As for Remy, he had a bad qualifying, which was a shame because we know his potential is a lot higher than this. However, he had an incredible first lap and got as high as 11th, plus he was ahead of Xavi at some point, which was encouraging. Unfortunately, whilst he was running with the top ten riders, there was someone else in front of him and Remy didn't expect him to be that slow so he hit him by accident. Both of them crashed which was a pity but he is not injured and hopefully, we can finish the season with a strong result in Valencia. I want to thank the entire Tech3 Racing Team for their work and overall, I have to say that this is a really good season for us."