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Vierge delivers wet weather masterclass to seize 2nd – Resolute Gardner speeds to 12th

Published in GP15 - Japan - Motegi - 2017

Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a memorable performance to clinch 2nd position at the Japanese Grand Prix today. An oil spill in the morning Moto3 warm-up caused a large delay, which resulted in the intermediate class race being cut short to a 15 lap sprint. Here, Vierge had a strong start and he leapt forward from 3rd on the grid whilst the rain lashed down. He settled into a formidable rhythm and battled at the front of the field but kept focused to hold 2nd in the final laps, before soaring across the finish line to claim his first podium in the Moto2 World Championship.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner powered through the rain to clinch a well-deserved 12th place finish at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. The young Australian began from 19th and pushed forwards as the distance dialled down. He worked his way up the field before lunging into 12th on the final lap to close the weekend positively. The result leaves Gardner fully fired up for his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island next week.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 2nd - Championship: 11th - Points: 78


Vierge - 2017“I am so happy. It has been a very challenging weekend and the track conditions have been tough, but yesterday was a good day and today was even better! I finished the race in 2nd, which is amazing, and it is a dream come true. I have to say thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team for believing in me and working hard every day. Also, to my family who help to motivate and push me. Finally, of course, I have to thank my sponsors because without them none of this would be possible.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 12th - Championship: 19th - Points: 21


Gardner - 2017“It was not a bad close to the weekend, yet, I can’t help but feel that we were not as strong as we usually are in the rain. It was the wettest that it has been throughout the three days, which may have affected things and I struggled a bit with the grip. However, I managed to salvage something as I had a good battle with Marcel Schrotter on the last lap and I came out on top at the finish line. It was a decent weekend overall, but now it’s time to go home to Australia and see all the fans which I am looking forward to. I must say congratulations to Xavi who rode really well today."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“The result is an incredible feeling for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team. We knew that there was a good possibility to do something exciting in the race after the qualifying because 3rd place for Xavi was already a great achievement. We were hopeful but with the conditions being tough and with the GP being shortened, we knew that a strong start would be crucial. The track was very slippery yet not only did Xavi qualify like a true champion but today he rode like a lion. When I saw him losing a few places halfway through the sprint, I thought that maybe a top five would be interesting. However, you could see that he wanted the podium and he caught the guys in front of him to finish 2nd, which is more than a dream. I would like to thank the whole team because I know how hard they work and they don't often get a reward like this. Great congratulations to Xavi Vierge who rode incredibly and we are really happy, so thanks to him. We cannot forget about Remy, who had a tricky qualifying, but he got his head down. Although he was in the middle of the pack, and his visibility was limited due to the rain, he managed to get back to 12th and clinch some points. We know that he is improving all the time and he had a good weekend also. 2nd and 12th are very pleasing so congratulations to everyone and I hope we can celebrate a bit tonight because tomorrow we will catch the plane to Australia and there we will have a new chapter to write."

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Vierge seizes third on the grid for Japanese Grand Prix – Confident Gardner ready for Motegi showdown

Published in GP15 - Japan - Motegi - 2017

Xavi Vierge produced a courageous and impressive performance in the tricky conditions today at the Twin Ring Motegi to successfully clinch his best ever qualifying position in the fiercely competitive Moto2 class. The young Spaniard took advantage of the drying track to speed to a personal best on his final lap and tomorrow he aims to leap forward when the lights go out and fight for a top-tier finish aboard the Mistral 610.

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team pit box, Remy Gardner will begin the round 15 fight from the head of the 7th row. After a promising performance in the wet at the beginning of the qualifying shootout, Gardner is confident for any condition tomorrow and he intends to close the weekend with a solid point scoring result.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 3rd - Time: 1'54.046 - Laps: 20


 

Vierge - 2017“I am so happy with this result. The conditions have been tough for the entire weekend and then today in the qualifying, we had to use the rain tyres for the first laps, even though the track was not completely wet. Yet, after that, it was the opposite and we ran with slick tyres but one or two corners were still wet. These conditions helped us a little bit, however, I will gladly take this grid position. I am delighted because every race, I work so hard with the team, and today we finally got a front row start so we are all really happy.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 19th - Time: 1'56.266 - Laps: 19


 

Gardner - 2017“The qualifying was strange but the weather conditions were tricky throughout the day. The start of the session was really good when we used the wet tyres, but the track was drying quickly and I knew that we would have to run on slicks. In fact, it was similar to Argentina earlier this year, but we performed better here. However, I still think that we should have used a full dry setting in the end when we used the slicks. It would have been useful to have looked at some of the other riders to see where they were getting the grip instead of riding on my own. There are a few things that I could have done better but tomorrow is the race and it looks like the conditions will be mixed again so we will have to play it by ear but I am confident."

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Vierge powers through the rain on day 1 – Gardner begins Japanese GP confidently

Published in GP15 - Japan - Motegi - 2017

Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge worked non stop to improve the feeling of his Mistral 610 to conclude the opening day at Motegi in a positive way. The young Spaniard made steps forward in both sessions, before finishing FP2 in 12th, and he confidently awaits the second day of action where he aims to seal a solid qualifying position.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner battled the treacherous conditions as he made an encouraging start to proceedings in Japan. The Australian closed FP2 in 17th and is fully prepared to make another step forward in FP3 tomorrow, which begins at 10:55 local time or 03:55 in central Europe, ahead of the all-important qualifying shootout.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 12th - Time: 2'07.278 - Laps: 15


 

Vierge - 2017“It was a hard first day in the rain, but we finally found some solutions. Normally in the wet conditions, I am comfortable but at this track, the rear grip was a little bit tricky. So I worked in both sessions to try to find a positive feeling. Eventually, we made some progress and although it’s not perfect, we made a definite improvement and I am happy for this. Tomorrow I think it will rain again so we will continue working in order to have a solid session.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 17th - Time: 2'07.724 - Laps: 18


 

Gardner - 2017“It was very wet today and it looks like it’s going to be this way for all three days. Therefore, it was important to discover a good setting and understand the conditions early on in the weekend. Overall, I would say that it was quite a positive day but we need more. We’re still looking for that extra edge but hopefully, we can come back tomorrow and have an awesome qualifying session."

 

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

Published in GP14 - Spain - Aragon

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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