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

Published in GP18 - Spain - Valencia - 2017

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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Positive finish to challenging Malaysian GP for Vierge - Disappointment for Gardner at Sepang

Published in GP17 - Malaysia - Sepang - 2017

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.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 8th - Championship: 10th - Points: 98


Vierge - 2017“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.“


Remy Gardner

Position: DNF - Championship: 20th - Points: 23


Gardner - 2017“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."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“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."

 

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Vierge to line up in 14th for Malaysian GP – Gardner ready to fight in Sepang challenge

Published in GP17 - Malaysia - Sepang - 2017

Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge battled against the searing heat today in Malaysia to qualify on the 5th row of the grid for the round 17 sprint. The young Spaniard’s best lap saw him finish 0.964 back from pole position as he worked relentlessly to overcome traction issues. He aims to undertake a typical rocket start tomorrow and then finish the gruelling race inside the top ten.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a challenging time at the Sepang International circuit, but he remains fully focused for the 19-lap sprint tomorrow. Gardner’s qualifying performance left him only half a second behind his teammate in the highly competitive shootout, and he seeks to close the Malaysian Grand Prix inside the points, with the race beginning at 13:20 local time, or 06:20 in central Europe.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 14th - Time: 2'07.370 - Laps: 12


Vierge - 2017“I am a little bit disappointed with today but I’m sure we can do a good job tomorrow. This morning went well and we made some improvements on the bike from yesterday. However, when I ran with the new tyres, I crashed on my first lap because the rear pushed too hard on the front. Anyway, during qualifying, the start was positive and my initial time was not bad. I tried to improve more and more but it was just too difficult because at every corner, the back tyre pushed the front and after a handful of laps, there was no grip on the rear. I tried every lap to make a step forward but eventually, it was not possible to advance. The race is tomorrow and now we will try to find a solution so that we can fight for a top ten finish.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 25th - Time: 2'07.901 - Laps: 14


Gardner - 2017“It goes without saying that it was a really difficult qualifying. On the first exit, I just couldn't find my rhythm despite the fact that I was pushing really hard. We didn’t use new tyres straight away because in the morning session, when I ran on a fresh rear we had some front issues and we were convinced that it was due to the back wheel. Therefore, we used the old rubber for qualifying, but in the afternoon, it was hotter so there was less grip. I don’t think we made the right choice, and we struggled in the first half of the shootout. However, then, we used the new tyres and I went a lot better, although we still needed more. Someone crashed in front of me in the fourth sector whilst I was running a hot lap, and this caused me to sit up, so I lost time and a few places on the grid. It was unfortunate, but we need to carry on the work to get a better position in the future and have a solid race tomorrow.

 

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Solid start to Malaysian GP for confident Vierge – Gardner on the pace on day 1

Published in GP17 - Malaysia - Sepang - 2017

Xavi Vierge took the first positive steps in setting up his Mistral 610 for both dry and wet conditions on day 1 at the Sepang International Circuit. In the dry morning practice, the Spaniard got straight to work and finished 15th, with his best lap leaving him just over one-tenth of a second from the top ten. Then, in FP2, the rain fell, but Vierge dug deep to post the 5th fastest time.

On the other hand, Remy Gardner began the 17th round of the 2017 World Championship by finishing FP1 half a second back from the top ten, but he remains fully confident of improving after the initial encouraging work. In the afternoon, he powered through the rain to seal 11th, and now looks on to tomorrow’s action, which begins at 10:55 local time or 04:55 in central Europe, where he intends to make further progress.

The entire Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team would like to send condolences to the friends and family of Moto2 team manager Stefan Kiefer, who tragically passed away last night in Malaysia.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 5th - Time: 2'25.023 - Laps: 16


Vierge - 2017“It was a positive first day. In the dry conditions, this morning, I had a really good feeling during the last few laps, but with the second tyre there was a small issue with the rear of the bike. We can work on this tomorrow if we have dry track time but anyway, it was encouraging to finish only one-tenth back from the top ten. Then, in FP2, it rained but it was positive because I ended up 5th. Yet, I didn’t have such a great feeling with the rear tyre and there was a lot of spinning. All in all, it was a positive first day so now I will work hard with my team in order to find some solutions for tomorrow so that we can progress.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 11th - Time: 2'26.604 - Laps: 14


Gardner - 2017“We had a decent day in Malaysia. In FP1 it was really hot and we got some good dry track time. We have a few small issues to amend, and it was unfortunate that we couldn’t have a dry FP2 because I really wanted to get those things fixed before the weekend advances anymore. We are on the back foot a little bit with regards to that, however, I am sure that we can resolve all of this very soon. In the wet, we still need to improve and it’s a similar situation to the dry. Whatever, the condition, I still think we can have a positive weekend and overall, the first day has not been too bad."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“I would like to say that today, it doesn't matter what happened on the track and how good the performances of our riders were because it is a sad and dark day. Stefan Kiefer passed away last night, and we have lost a true friend, one of us and a very competitive team manager who won the Moto2 World Championship in 2011 with Stefan Bradl. He was full of passion and energy, and his death is a huge loss for all of us. I would like the whole paddock to remember him for the man he was."

 

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