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

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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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Gardner to start Aragon fight from 6th row – Vierge determined for Sunday

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Moto2 class rookie Remy Gardner will commence his quest to clinch a strong point scoring result at the Aragon Grand Prix from 17th on the grid. The young Australian fought throughout the 45-minute shootout under the scorching Spanish sun and eventually finished 0.992 from the pole position time.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge will leap forward from the head of the ninth row as he intends to power to a strong result in front of his home crowd. The young gun endured a tricky time today as he worked relentlessly with the Tech3 Racing Team, but nevertheless, he confidently looks on to impressing his fans in the 21 lap battle.


Remy Gardner

Position: 17th - Time: 1’54.728- Laps: 17


Gardner - 2017“Overall, the result is not bad and I think we can have a decent day tomorrow. On my first run, I couldn’t get a clear lap and then the rear tyre started to drop quite quickly. After that, I got caught up in traffic, which prevented me from producing a good time. I then went back out with a new 4 tyre, but the grip was better on the 3, so I knew that I could go quicker. We swapped the tyres back to the 3 and I rode one solid lap, but then I got stuck with some other riders who were just playing silly games. So I decided to get my head down as well as ride on my own and I produced a half decent time. I’m still a bit frustrated with the setting, but we are getting there and we have definitely made steps forward from yesterday, which is positive. I am already close to the top fifteen in qualifying and so I’ll just have to give it my all tomorrow."


Xavi Vierge

Position: 25th - Time: 1’55.080 - Laps: 16


Vierge - 2017“It was a hard day for us, but I’m determined to do my best in front of my fans. We worked to try and make a step forward with the bike but it wasn’t possible today. When I found a small solution for the front, I lost some grip on the rear. Now I need to try and understand what we can do with my team and I will stay calm so that we can find an improvement in order to have a good race tomorrow.“

 

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GP14 - Spain - Aragon 2017

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Solid start for Vierge in mixed conditions – Gardner ready for more

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Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge began the Aragon GP in a confident manner as he battled against the weather today on home soil. The young gun got straight to work in the wet FP1 session, which he finished in 8th and then delivered another strong performance in the afternoon. Eventually, he completed the drying session in 9th and now he positively looks on to tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner produced a determined display in FP2 to end up only four-tenths of a second behind his teammate. The young Australian, who will remain with Tech3 for 2018, aims to take advantage of the expected dry weather tomorrow and clinch a strong qualifying position for the race on Sunday.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 9th - Time: 1’55.758 - Laps: 17


 

Vierge - 2017“The first day went positively for us at Aragon. Rain fell before FP1, however, the practice went well because today, I regained the feeling that we usually have in the wet. I felt comfortable on the bike and I was fast, which was the complete opposite to Misano, so I am happy for this. Then, this afternoon, the conditions improved and I found a good feeling with my Mistral. Now, I will work hard so that we can make another step forward tomorrow.“

 


Remy Gardner

Position: 20th - Time: 1’56.178- Laps: 17


 

Gardner - 2017“It was a strange first day here in Spain, but I’m ready for tomorrow. FP1 was wet but then this afternoon, it started to clear and we got a little bit of dry track time. The first feelings were not bad, yet, we still need to get more out of me as well as the bike. I am also very happy to say that I will stay with the Tech3 Racing Team for the 2018 season, which I am stoked for, and the hard work starts now."

 

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Gardner to remain with Tech3 for 2018

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Gardner to remain with Tech3 for 2018

The Tech3 Racing Team is pleased to announce that it has retained Remy Gardner for next season in the fiercely competitive Moto2 class. After a solid rookie season, the young Australian intends to build on the encouraging results this year, by battling to some top-tier finishes aboard the Mistral 610 in 2018.

 

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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."

 

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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."

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GP13 - Italy - Misano - 2017

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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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Vierge completes Silverstone visit in the points – Gardner perseveres in challenging battle

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Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge fought nonstop at the British Grand Prix to seize 12th aboard the Mistral 610. The young Spaniard undertook a rocket start and leapt up to 8th by the close of the first lap after beginning from 13th on the grid. He then stuck into a solid rhythm and remained in the tightly contested second group for the entire sprint. Vierge pushed right until the end to earn the strong finish, which leaves him fully confident for the next round in San Marino.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner concluded the gruelling 12th round of the championship in 20th. The Australian rookie leapt forward from the head of the seventh row of the grid and quickly began his charge. He plugged away throughout the 18-lap sprint before meeting the chequered flag in 20th despite his best efforts.


Xavi Vierge

Position: 12th - Championship: 11th - Points: 55


 

Vierge - 2017“This race result was positive after the hard weekend that we have had at Silverstone with the traction. I finished thirteen seconds back from the winner and only three from the top five, which is pleasing and I pushed throughout the race. The end result is satisfying and I am also happy for the team because they worked so hard to try and amend the issue that we had, and they did it in the right way. Now we will study the data to try and find some more improvements for the next event.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 20th - Championship: 22nd - Points: 14


 

Gardner - 2017“I can’t hide my disappointment about this race. The first couple of laps went well, and the bike felt good so I felt positive about my chances. Yet, after about five laps, the rear tyre dropped and I couldn’t open the throttle, plus I struggled with the front as well. It was a really long GP and very challenging but I did what I could. I am not happy but hopefully, we can come back stronger in Misano and have a more successful time."


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


 

“Great race by Xavi Vierge and we are happy about his start and the pace that he ran. Unfortunately, he ended up at the back of the group that he was fighting in, which was from 5th to 12th. Yet, the pack was tight and very competitive so it shows that we are at the right level because we could have finished in any position up to 5th today. I want to thank Xavi for his efforts, and even though 12th is not a big reward, he was there and he pushed like always. We can see that we have a bit more work to do but everyone is happy and it was a positive weekend for him. On the other side of the garage, the highlight of the weekend was 6th for Remy in FP3. We were pleased when he told us that he found something good at the test in Austria. Therefore everyone was confident and the FP3 result showed promise. However, after that, his qualifying position was very average, but he got a good start at the beginning of the race. Yet, unfortunately, he didn’t progress as the GP advanced and this is not the way to go. I am disappointed but we know that Remy has potential, yet at the moment, things are not going in the way that we want them to. Let’s see what happens at the next round in Misano and I hope he can deliver there."

 

 

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