The sole Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner fought relentlessly throughout the gruelling 24 lap sprint today in the Netherlands to finish just outside of the points despite his best efforts. The young Australian undertook a solid start from 21ston the grid and moved up six places by the close of the first lap. He then ran a formidable groove and fought ferociously until the chequered flag which he eventually met in 16th.
Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge did not take part in the Dutch Grand Prix after fracturing his left thumb in a fall yesterday. The young Spaniard will have an operation on Tuesday in Barcelona but will be forced to miss the upcoming German Grand Prix. The entire Tech3 Racing team would like to wish Xavi a swift and full recovery.
Position: 16th - Championship: 26th - Points: 2
“It was a long and hard race today. My first lap was really good but to be honest, we needed the warm up to be dry this morning because we had a few things to test in order to try and amend the chatter issue that we had. However, due to the rain, we could not do this, so we went into the GP knowing that everything was not absolutely perfect. Anyway, in the sprint itself, it’s a shame that I couldn’t pass Navarro at the end for the last point. I did my best to go around the outside of him at the 14th corner but I couldn’t make it stick, yet races are like that sometimes. I think that now we just have to work a little bit more on the bike but I know that we can make these steps forward and when we do this we can finish the rest of the season in a really good way."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“This weekend was tough for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 team. It was a big shame for Xavi because we could see that he looked really good in the dry conditions on day one. He was confident and then rode three very fast laps in the wet yesterday, but unfortunately, he fell and there was a high price to pay. Xavi severely damaged his left thumb by breaking a bone and a tendon so he has to have an operation on Tuesday in Barcelona and he obviously won’t be riding in Sachsenring. This is a big shame but we can say that he was fast and the bike was quick here. Hopefully, the summer break will be long enough for him to recover so that he can come to the Czech Republic fully fit. On the other side, Remy was our only rider yet, he tried really hard and had a positive weekend, plus the race looked like it was going to be the best of the year. Unfortunately, we ended up 16th and just outside of the points, but he fought all the way to the flag. The last two or three laps were his quickest and he made up a lot of ground on Navarro but he lost much time half way through the race. Remy is definitely coming back to where his level is and hopefully his ankle will be completely healed by the time we head to the Czech Grand Prix. There, we should have our two riders fighting for top ten positions which is where we want and need to be."