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Gardner fights to point scoring finish in Austria – Vierge out of luck after first lap collision

Published in GP11 - Austria - Spielberg - 2017

Tech3 Racing Team rider Remy Gardner produced a determined display today to clinch a point scoring finish in the gruelling Austrian Grand Prix. The young Australian kicked off the sprint from the ninth row of the grid and quickly set into a solid pace. He continued to push as the race distance dialled down whilst he fought in a highly competitive pack, before eventually meeting the chequered flag in 15th.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s hopes of sealing a strong finish in the Austrian hills ended prematurely after he was unfortunately involved in a multi rider pile-up at the first corner on the opening lap. The incident marks a disappointing end to the weekend for Vierge who began the race from 9th on the grid. Nevertheless, he aims to bounce back with a top tier finish at the British Grand Prix in a fortnight.


Remy Gardner

Position: 15th - Championship: 22nd - Points: 14


Gardner - 2017“I have to say that this race was really tough and I gave it my all. The first lap went well for me but then I started to struggle with the bike. Every time I entered the corner, there was some chatter and so we have work to do but fortunately, there is not long to wait because we are back on the track tomorrow. I’m hopeful that we can make a big step in the test to get to the next level and I will do my best as always. As for today, it was challenging but I’m sure that we can have a more positive time in Silverstone."


Xavi Vierge

Position: DNF - Championship: 11th - Points: 51


Vierge - 2017“It goes without saying that it’s a big shame about what happened today in the Grand Prix. I made a good start and at the first corner, I braked in the right place and I made sure that I was aware of the other riders because the first two turns are so tight. I entered the corner well but then half way through, Quartararo hit me. I lost the front and then another rider made contact, which made it impossible to save the crash. It’s a pity because during the weekend I had a good rhythm and the feeling with the bike was very positive. For sure, if I didn’t get hit then it would have been possible to score a strong finish. Anyway, the GP went like that but now we will focus on the test tomorrow where we hope to make another step which will allow me to fight near the top riders at the future rounds.“


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


 

“It was a disappointing day for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team. After the brilliant qualifying performance by Xavi Vierge yesterday, despite his crash on the first lap in qualifying, we were expecting a really strong race and a top ten result was a great possibility. Unfortunately, the first turn at this track is very tight and there was a bit of confusion at the braking point on the opening lap. Xavi was involved in that crash along with some other riders and that was game over which is a real pity because everyone worked hard, especially to get the bike repaired during the qualifying session yesterday. On the other side of the pit box, in a way, Remy was one of the lucky ones who could take advantage of this crash because he was up to 12th by the end of the first lap after starting from 25th. However, his pace was not good enough to fight with Syahrin, Corsi and the Pons brothers and he lost ground on them. At the end of the day, there is not much to be happy about, but we have a test tomorrow and I hope we can find some solutions to help Remy improve. I hope that Xavi will recover from the big disappointment today, and I also want to say thank you to the whole crew because they worked really hard and they deserve a better reward for their efforts. Again, I hope that the test goes positively and the results will make everyone ready to score a strong result at Silverstone.“

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Vierge impressively bounces back to qualify 9th – Determined Gardner looking on to tomorrow

Published in GP11 - Austria - Spielberg - 2017

Xavi Vierge resolutely displayed his talent by overcoming an early crash in the qualifying shootout to clinch a third row start for the Austrian Grand Prix tomorrow. The young Spaniard fell at the first corner on the opening lap, but the Tech3 Racing Team worked relentlessly to fix the bike and Vierge returned to the track with 15 minutes to spare. With time running against him, he quickly got up to speed before producing a lap that left him only 0.527 from the front row.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a challenging afternoon, yet he remains fully focused for the battle tomorrow, which he will start from the ninth row of the grid. Gardner fell just metres before his teammate at the beginning of the session, but once he returned to the track, he pushed onwards and eventually finished with a lap time that left him 0.883 from the second row. Both riders intend to close the weekend with two positive results in the race, which begins at 12:20 tomorrow.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 9th - Time: 1’30.097 - Laps: 12


 

Vierge - 2017“The only thing that I can say about the qualifying today is thank you to the team for their amazing work. On lap 1, my teammate crashed in front of me at the first corner and then a short distance later, I fell. I really don’t know why this happened but when the front wheel touched the ground, it locked so maybe a piece of Remy’s bike got in the way. Anyway, I went down and my Mistral was completely destroyed. However, the Tech3 team did a superb job and fixed it, which allowed me to get back out on the track with 15 minutes left in the session. There, I pushed harder on every lap and I finally set a good time and reached my objective, which was to qualify inside the top nine. I have to say thanks to the team again and now we have some work to do in order to be fully ready for tomorrow, but I’m confident that it will be a good day.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 25th - Time: 1’30.738 - Laps: 14


 

Gardner - 2017“I can’t hide my disappointment with the qualifying today, especially because I was confident that I could get a good grid position. I had a strange crash on the first lap at turn 1 and to be honest, I can’t explain why this happened. As a result, we were on the back foot from the start and we couldn’t quite turn it around. There is definitely some work to do for tomorrow, but nevertheless, I am still determined and I’ll do my very best to close the weekend in a positive way."

 

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Tech3 pair begin Austrian GP confidently

Published in GP11 - Austria - Spielberg - 2017

Xavi Vierge produced two solid performances on the opening day of action in Spielberg as he began preparation work for Sunday’s showdown. The young Spaniard powered through the rain in FP1 to finish 6th, and then in the dry afternoon session, Vierge continued his efforts. Grip issues limited him, yet he finished the day 0.977 from the top in the ultra competitive intermediate class.

Whilst Remy Gardner determinedly fought against the Austrian circuit and made progress in both sessions. After running a solid pace in the wet conditions this morning, the young Australian carried on pushing in FP2 and rounded out the day with a lap that left him just a second back from the top five. The action will resume tomorrow at 10:55 for FP3.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 16th - Time: 1’31.188 - Laps: 22


 

Vierge - 2017“The first day has finished in Austria and we know the direction that we are heading towards now. I had a very good feeling on my Mistral 610 in FP1 and at the beginning of FP2, yet, when I changed tyres, I felt that I had a problem with the rear and it was impossible to go faster. We know what the issue is now and it won’t affect us tomorrow. Anyway, we will do our best when we get back on the track and I am confident for qualifying already.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 21st - Time: 1’31.468 - Laps: 22


 

Gardner - 2017“It was a hard first day here but I’m certain that we’ll bounce back. I found the circuit quite tricky today, however, I’m sure I’m sure that things will improve with some more track time. We worked on the bike setting in both sessions and made some improvements, however, the engine feels a bit slow, so we’ll have to see what happens with that. My performance in FP1 when it was wet was encouraging and that is a definite positive to take home. However, we definitely have to keep pushing tomorrow to get to where we want to be."

 

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

Published in GP10 - Czech Republic - Brno - 2017

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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