Rapid Vierge equals best qualifying result today in Jerez – Gardner remains determined despite tough day

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Xavi Vierge produced a mature and impressive display today as he set his fastest time on his third lap which sealed a starting position at the front of the third row of the grid. The temperature increased as the session progressed and this affected the grip levels, but the young Spaniard’s early time saw him qualify only 0.354 back from the head of the second row. Tomorrow he intends to fight to a fourth consecutive top ten finish this year in front of his home crowd. Whilst the injured Remy Gardner endured a challenging day in Andalucía after falling twice in the hot 45-minute practice. The young Australian’s qualifying performance will see him start from the 10th row of the grid as he resolutely looks on to tomorrow.

Xavi Vierge

Position: 7th - Time: 1'42.763 - Laps: 13

Vierge - 2017“I am happy with what we achieved on day 2 in Jerez. Today itself was hard and we had a few issues in the morning, but the team did a super job to find the solutions for the qualifying practice. This afternoon, the conditions were tricky as the asphalt was very hot which affected the grip. However, I started pushing as soon as we got going in the session, and I set a really good time on my third lap. Tomorrow I will start from the head of the third row of the grid, which is a great place to begin the fight from. We need to work hard in the warm up for my race pace, but I am confident about closing the weekend with a strong result."

Remy Gardner

Position: 28th - Time: 1'44.107 - Laps: 13

Gardner - 2017“It was a tough qualifying session even though I did what I could. In the end, I wasn’t able to go any faster than in FP3 and the track was hot, plus my ankle is still painful. I had a small crash but I picked the bike up and tried to continue. However, after that, a couple of riders were off the pace and sitting up in the last corner, but I came in at the normal speed and I had to stand the bike up. Unfortunately, as I did this I clipped the back of Marquez, which broke the chain of my bike and I couldn’t run anymore. It has been a difficult weekend but we won’t give up and tomorrow we will try our best."

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