GP13 - Italy - Misano - 2017

GP13 - Italy - Misano - 2017 (3)

Gardner recovers to seize 13th – Determined Vierge perseveres

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Remy Gardner fought against the treacherous conditions to complete the eventful San Marino GP in 13th. When the shootout began, he bolted forward from the eighth row and by the mid point he was running in 8th. Gardner then fell on the 15th lap but he jumped back on his Mistral 610 and continued to push before falling again at turn 6 with three laps to go. Yet he remained resolute and finally completed the race in 13th.  

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s hopes of a top finish were dashed after he fell on the third lap, but he bravely remounted to complete the sprint in 15th. When the lights went out, Vierge bolted forward and moved up to 9th by the close of the first lap having started from 15th. However, the young Spaniard’s luck ran out as he crashed shortly after, but he re-joined the race and powered onwards before eventually finishing inside the points.

Remy Gardner

Position: 13th - Championship: 19th - Points: 17

Gardner - 2017“It was a tough day and I am happy to have finished. The first crash was a bit unfortunate because I was pushing hard and it was strange how it occurred, but I just lost the front at an acceleration point. It happened whilst I was attempting to keep the distance to the riders behind so that I didn’t have to deal with them. I got back on the bike and then a few laps later, I fell again at the same corner but this time it was at the exit. Luckily, I didn’t lose any places and I finished in 13th. I am sorry to the team and I really wish that I could have given them a better result today. I think that we can take the positives from this and build on what happened, but thanks to Hervé for the opportunity."

Xavi Vierge

Position: 15th - Championship: 12th - Points: 56

Vierge - 2017“I am very disappointed with today’s outcome. Normally, in these conditions, I am competitive but this morning in the warm up, I never found a good feeling with the bike and I fell. In the race, I made a solid start by passing a lot of riders and I got into a good group. Yet, during the first few laps, I saw that it was not possible to stay there and then I fell, which of course, leaves me disappointed. Anyway, I got back on the bike and finally took one point for the championship. Now we will work hard and focus on Aragon.“

Hervé Poncharal

Team manager

"After watching the Moto3 race, we knew that the intermediate class sprint would be full of action and we were not disappointed. Again, Xavi had a great start and he was running as high as 9th, which was an ideal position. Unfortunately, like a lot of other riders, he fell off in what was a fast crash and it was an extra pity that it happened so early. He rejoined and for sure everything was a bit bent on the bike yet, he bravely recovered to score a point, which is something even if it’s not at all where Xavi wanted to finish. On the other side, Remy had a bit of a slower start but he was pushing and was riding some really great times. He got up to 8th and it was looking like he could have ended up in 10th as the worst-case scenario without a crash. I know it’s not necessary to say, but unfortunately, he fell. We are at an important time of the year where a lot of things are being discussed and he knows that results matter. Anyway, he got back on the track, and was running in 12th and had a big gap on the rider behind but with three laps to go he fell again, before finishing 13th. He rode some very decent laps but two crashes in the race marks a disappointed close to the weekend, however, we hope to have a more successful time at Aragon."



Vierge primed for San Marino challenge – Gardner ready for any condition

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Xavi Vierge will commence the San Marino GP from the rear of the fifth row of the grid after a confidence boosting outing this afternoon. The rapid young Spaniard and his Tech3 crew made some key changes in-between FP3 and qualifying, which allowed him to complete the shootout only 0.491 back from the front row. Tomorrow he seeks to bring his Mistral 610 home in a solid point scoring position in the 26 lap sprint which begins at 12:20 local time.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner will begin the 13th round from head of the eighth row after finishing just 0.371 back from his teammate. With wet weather expected tomorrow, the young Australian aims to take advantage of the conditions and close the weekend inside the points.

Xavi Vierge

Position: 15th - Time: 1'38.214 - Laps: 21

Vierge - 2017“I am happy with today’s performance, especially as this track was one of the most challenging for the team and I last year, and it started like that this again. In FP3, I had a few issues but during the time in-between the practice and the qualifying, I worked a lot with my crew to understand the situation and we made a really good step forward. This was particularly regarding the race pace which is the most important thing. Now we need to study the data and try to make a bit more progress for tomorrow. However, I am satisfied because the improvement that we made between the sessions today was big, so thanks to the team and let's see what we can do in the race.“

Remy Gardner

Position: 22nd - Time: 1'38.585 - Laps: 17

Gardner - 2017“In qualifying, I rode my best time of the weekend but it wasn’t enough and we are surprised by how fast the pace is, yet I certainly feel that this lap was one of the best that I could have done at the moment. For tomorrow, we still have some work to do but we definitely need to keep focusing on the setup in order to extract a bit more from the bike. Anyway, because of the speed of the other riders in qualifying, we will have to come prepared for race day. If it rains, then for sure, I feel that we will have a better chance, when you consider how we performed in the Czech Republic. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for wet conditions, but if it stays dry then I still think that we can have a decent time."


Vierge and Gardner commence Misano challenge

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The Tech3 Racing Team duo kicked off their San Marino Grand Prix campaigns with two determined efforts on the Adriatic coast today. An unfortunate crash in free practice 1 slowed Xavi Vierge’s progress, yet he positively bounced back this afternoon to finish only 0.338 back from the top ten in the ultra competitive intermediate class. Whilst Remy Gardner also suffered a fall in the morning, but bravely returned to the track and then, in FP2, he pushed non-stop before ending up only 0.052 behind his teammate. The action resumes tomorrow at 10:55 with FP3.

Xavi Vierge

Position: 18th - Time:1'38.956 - Laps: 18


Vierge - 2017“It was a tough first day in Misano, but I am pleased with how we finished. This morning, I crashed and then in FP2 I had a small issue with the rear tyre on the first run. Later, I tried to make a good rhythm because I had only completed five or six laps. Eventually, I was able to improve on my time from last year, even though this was not the objective, but it is still a positive first step for day 1. Now, we will check the data so that we can advance tomorrow. I have to say thanks to the Tech3 team for their amazing work because this morning when I fell, I destroyed the bike but my crew repaired it really quickly.“

Remy Gardner

Position: 21st - Time:1'39.008 - Laps: 19


Gardner - 2017“Overall it was an ok day but we have to keep pushing. This morning, I had a small crash and I think I fell on a wet patch of asphalt. I damaged my finger, but I went back out on the track. Then, in the afternoon, FP2 was better yet, we are still searching for some more with the bike and the handling. We need to work hard this evening so that we can be ready for tomorrow, where I will do my best like always."

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