Tech3 duo confidently wrap up Valencia test with positive conclusions

Published in Winter test 17-18

Moto2 rookie Bo Bendsneyder continued to impress and make leaps forward in his second track appearance aboard the Mistral 610. The promising Dutch rider proceeded to gel more with the bike and team in preparation for his debut season in 2018, before powering to a time that left him four tenths back from the top ten.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner concluded the two-day test with a confident display to gain some encouraging results in the final track appearance of 2017. The Australian worked relentlessly with his team and now optimistically awaits the forthcoming season.

Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 16th - Time: 1'36.002 - Laps: 73

Bendsneyder - 2017“We had two nice, productive days of testing here in Valencia. I gained a lot of knowledge about the bike, and it felt like I learnt more on every lap. I’m a bit disappointed that winter is coming because I am keen to get back on my Mistral, but I am happy to finish this test in a positive way. Thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team for their great work and I am looking forward to next year!“

Remy Gardner

Position: 19th - Time: 1'36.152 - Laps: 64

Gardner - 2017“Although the result may not look as good as what we wanted, I think we certainly improved our setting. It was getting a bit challenging, however, I then went out on Xavi’s bike and went faster. I wasn’t pushing but there was a lot more rear grip. I think we have more to learn, so maybe if we use some of those settings and the engine, then we can get onto the right path. Overall, it’s a positive end and we are well on our way to being ready for next year. Now it’s time to train and relax, but I’m excited already for 2018."




Progress made for Gardner as 2018 preparations begin – Bendsneyder impresses on Moto2 test debut

Published in Winter test 17-18

Remy Gardner took the first steps in gearing up for his sophomore season in the fiercely contested Moto2 class by closing the Jerez test with a solid run to 11th. Gardner tested various setup options for his Mistral 610 and gained an improved feeling all round, which left him six tenths from the top three. Now he confidently awaits the next outing at Valencia.

Meanwhile, the promising rookie, Bo Bendsneyder, concluded a positive first showing aboard the Mistral 610 as he got up to speed in the Moto2 class. The young Dutch rider gained experience on the first day, and then made encouraging steps forward today. He posted his personal best on his penultimate lap, that notably put him half a second behind his teammate.

Remy Gardner

Position: 11th - Time: 1'42.337 - Laps: 55

Gardner - 2017“Overall, the test was good and I am happy with the progress. I think that after the changes we made, I can run about 2 tenths of a second quicker if I can find a perfect lap. This is encouraging and my end position was not bad, but I am still looking for more. However, I think that we are going in the right direction and I’m certain that we can improve further in Valencia, yet overall, it was definitely a positive two days here in Jerez."

Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 21st - Time: 1'42.898 - Laps: 75

Bendsneyder - 2017“I had a really amazing time here and I was consistent and managed to advance on every lap. Yesterday was all about gaining experience and then today, I started well and posted a fast time at the beginning. My pace was quite good and we maintained our speed throughout the day. Then I rode 25 laps on the same tyres, and on the last run, I produced my best time which was a 1’42.898. When I set that time, I had completed 31 laps on that rubber and that is very positive, as those old tyres had done more than race distance. I want to thank the team a lot and soon we will be back on the track in Valencia and so I am looking forward to this.“




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

Published in GP18 - Spain - Valencia - 2017

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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