Remy Gardner closed the first half of his rookie Moto2 season with a point scoring finish today at the challenging Sachsenring track where he forcefully powered to 12th. The young Australian leapt forward from the fifth row of the grid and he maintained his consistency throughout the 29 sprint as he pursued a strong result. Gardner set his fastest time of the race on the penultimate lap and he battled in a fierce fight with Syahrin which went right down to the chequered flag before he closed the weekend positively and in 12th.
Meanwhile, Hector Garzo’s debut ended in an unfortunate way after he fell at the 12th turn on the third lap. Garzo, who is standing in for the injured Xavi Vierge, began from 5th on the grid and quickly set off at speed. However, the impressive young Spaniard’s luck turned shortly after the start of the race, but the Tech3 Racing Team would like to thank him for his strong efforts during the German Grand Prix.
Position: 12th - Championship: 23th - Points: 6
“It was a very positive race and we closed the first half of the season in a good way. The result could have been a bit better if it wasn’t for the opening lap where Binder passed me a bit aggressively at the last corner and I nearly fell. Fortunately, I saved it but then I got swamped by the next group at the first turn and I lost a lot of time. This is a big shame especially because I ran some really strong times at the end of the GP. With regards to the race, after about a third of the Grand Prix, it felt like the tyre had a blister on it and it took me five or six laps to understand how to adapt. Yet, I found the key eventually and I caught Syahrin and passed him twice on the last lap, but he put up a good fight and just beat me to the line. It was still a positive day and I think we’ve made a big jump. I have to say that the new KYB forks that we tried this weekend really made the difference and if it wasn’t for them, then I would have been down in the group behind. So it was very positive regarding the bike set up and now I am sure that we can find the next step."
Position: DNF - Championship: Not Classified
“I made a really good start and my aim was to follow the first four or five riders. However, it was impossible to follow them even though I did my best. Then on the 3rd lap, Binder passed me and didn’t take the perfect line on the turn, which pushed me wide and when I touched the brake, I lost the front. It’s definitely not the way I wanted to finish this weekend but overall, I am happy with the work that we did and with my first Grand Prix. I want to say sorry to the Tech3 Racing Team because they did a really good job but I’m happy for this opportunity which they gave me."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“It was a shame that we couldn’t quite match the performance that we did on Saturday in the qualifying and we will never forget Hector Garzo’s fight for the front row and him ending up 5th on the grid. We knew it was going to be much more difficult in the dry because all of the riders that he was near have a lot more experience. The difficult conditions yesterday played to our advantage, but we hoped that he was going to finish the race and learn a lot. It’s a pity to not finish the weekend on a positive note, but his mistake was just a small one and I want to say thank you to Hector for his efforts and dedication over the weekend. As for Remy, he had a decent qualifying and today he showed great fighting spirit. The start was not ideal as he lost a few positions but he recovered and had a very intense battle with Syahrin who he passed in the last sector, yet, he unfortunately lost the position by the flag. The result and his fastest time which he set on the penultimate lap, shows that Remy’s potential is high. We just hope he can fix his ankle problem from the injury which he sustained in Argentina. Since then he has never really been able to ride at 100% so the summer break will be very important for him to recover completely. I think that Remy and his Mistral 610 can finish regularly in the top ten. I would also like to send my best wishes to Xavi Vierge and we can’t wait to be in the Czech Republic with him on board. I hope the whole team has a good rest in the summer and we will be back soon at Brno.”