GP18 - Spain - Valencia - 2017

GP18 - Spain - Valencia - 2017 (3)

Hard fought race for relentless Gardner - Misfortune strikes Vierge in final Tech3 GP

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Remy Gardner finished his full year in Moto2 with a determined fight in the challenging season finale. Gardner leapt forward when the lights went out and quickly set into his pace as the sun shone down on the Valencia circuit. Eventually, he crossed the finish line in 22nd to close the difficult weekend, but he confidently eyes up for the forthcoming 2018 tests.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s memorable season ended in an unfortunate way after he fell from 7th. The impressive Spaniard lunged forward from the third row and quickly joined the tussle for 5th. However, his luck changed on the 17th lap, marking a frustrating end to his highly positive time with Tech3. The entire team would like to thank Vierge for his efforts over the years and wish him luck for the future.


Remy Gardner

Position: 22nd - Championship: 21st - Points: 23


Gardner - 2017“I can’t hide how truly disappointed I am with this race. We tried a new setting and it didn’t suit me. I really struggled and in the end, I just made sure that I made it to the chequered flag. Hopefully, when we test this week and next, we can make a big step forward and try to start getting everything ready for the 2018 season, because we need to improve."


Xavi Vierge

Position: DNF - Championship: 11th - Points: 98


Vierge - 2017“I am really frustrated with how the race finished today. Throughout the weekend, everything was so good and I started the GP with my objective being to finish in 10th in the championship. However, I had the same issue as last year in Valencia. As soon as I started, I felt that the bike didn’t slow down when the same amount of pressure was applied as normal and I couldn’t control the brakes as fully as I wanted to. In every corner, I did my best but when the tyres dropped, I fell. It’s a big shame because today could have been a very good race, yet, we had an issue that we couldn't control and a crash. I have to say thank you to the Tech3 Racing team for the amazing two and half years together.“


Hervé Poncharal
Team Manager


“This will be my final press release for the 2017 season, and we had a great time with Xavi Vierge so I want to thank him once more for his efforts as well as his never give up attitude. He made a real step up this year and he was riding another very strong race here in Valencia. Unfortunately, he crashed which was a big shame because we all know that he is going to leave us tonight and it would have been great to celebrate one final top eight finish which was highly possible. Thank you Xavi for everything you have done and we will miss you for sure. On the other side of the garage, Remy has had a tough weekend and he finished in 22nd. I think that he needs to find some consistency and it's a shame that he’s losing his teammate, who was a good reference for him. We are 100% behind Remy, which is why we signed him for another year. Yet, right now it’s a bit confusing about what is going on and it is disappointing. Anyway, the team will start testing in Jerez this week and then the week after in Valencia. Hopefully, he can find a new feeling for the 2018 season. Thanks to the entire crew, everyone worked very hard and now we will start preparing for 2018.“

 

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Vierge to lunge forward from the third row – Gardner determined to fight

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Xavi Vierge will commence his last race for the Tech3 Racing Team from 9th on the grid after an accomplished display in qualifying today. Vierge powered to a time that was only 0.498 back from the front row and he aims to turn the strong qualifying placement into a top tier result at the twisting Valencia circuit to finish his season in a highly positive manner.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a challenging qualifying session and will begin the sprint from the eighth row of the grid. Nevertheless, the young Australian seeks to bounce back and fight to the flag to close the weekend with a solid performance.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 9th - Time: 1'35.653 - Laps: 14


Vierge - 2017“I am happy with today and the entire weekend so far. It was a bit tricky because of the new compound of tyre from Dunlop, which made it more difficult and I had some small issues. Yet, finally, in the qualifying, we made good progress. My lap time is fast, but the most important thing is the rhythm and I think I have a very positive pace, which will allow me to fight for a top position tomorrow. Thanks to my team for their hard work and I am excited to race.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 25th - Time: 1'36.189 - Laps: 18


Gardner - 2017“It was a bad qualifying and I can’t hide my disappointment. My personal best today was slower than the time that I rode last year, which makes the situation even more annoying. I really struggled and I just didn’t have a good feeling. We need to make some changes for tomorrow and we have work to do tonight. However, I’ll do my best as always to fight."

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Vierge on the pace as Valencia GP begins – Gardner ready for more

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Xavi Vierge got straight up to speed in front of his home fans as he finished the first day in 10th overall and only 0.554 back from the top. The young Spaniard aims to continue the momentum tomorrow and then deliver another notable result on Sunday in order to close his time with the Tech3 Racing Team in a highly positive way.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner took the initial steps in preparing for Sunday’s race, which he seeks to close with a solid performance. Today, the young Australian rookie completed FP1 in 15th but finished the day in 17th in the combined standings, and three-tenths of a second behind his teammate. Tomorrow he has his sights set on unlocking his potential with a strong display in qualifying.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 10th - Time: 1'36.356 - Laps: 38


Vierge - 2017“It was a positive first day here in Valencia. We did a lot of work with the new tyre because Dunlop brought the number 2 compound for this circuit, however, now we have a slight issue with chatter. Anyway, both sessions were productive so we will try to find some small improvements for tomorrow in order to have a successful qualifying. Thanks to the team for their work and I’m already excited to get back on the track.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 17th - Time: 1'36.621 - Laps: 39


Gardner - 2017“The first day was decent for me but I am confident that we can have a better time tomorrow. I struggled a bit with the turning of the bike, and we are working really hard to fix that. In all honesty, I am slightly disappointed with FP2 because I was riding a solid time, but I ran wide at turn 12 which ruined the lap. Anyway, this was unfortunate, yet, it’s not the race. Tomorrow is qualifying and I am sure that we can find a good setting in FP3 and then be as ready as possible in the afternoon."

 

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