The Tech3 Racing Team duo performed in a brave manner at the Circuit of the Americas today. Remy Gardner and Bo Bendsneyder previously have never had a taste of the ultra-demanding track and therefore had to work hard during the weekend in order to get to know the best lines and find a decent setup for their Mistral 610 machines.
Following some strong opening laps, Gardner ultimately showed a brave fight during the 18 laps competition to see the chequered flag in 17th. Meanwhile, Bendsneyder slashed his way from 23rd to eventually arrive inside the top 20. Both, Gardner and Bendsneyder look forward to commence the European season in less than two weeks’ time in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Position: 17th – Championship: 12th – Points: 14
““I can’t say that I’m ecstatic over this race, as I really wanted to bring home some points. It would have been nice to conclude three flyaways with points in each. We knew that we were coming to this track with a disadvantage and I feel that we’ve made very good progression from FP1 on Friday, so I think we worked pretty well all weekend. In the race, I could have probably had the pace to run in the points group, but there was a couple of times that a rider passed me, another one touched me, so I was dropping places really fast. When I was on my own, I kind of re-gathered myself a little bit and had a decent pace. The gap to the leaders is quite positive, anyway, I’m a little bit disappointed to lose out on the points, but we worked really well this weekend. I think we should take all the positives to Jerez.”
Position: 20th – Championship: 24th – Points: -
“Finally, I felt quite well with the bike, just during the last few laps my left hand was destroyed, I had no power anymore and wasn’t comfortable riding anymore. We need to work on some points, but I think we already made a step. Therefore, I can’t wait to arrive back in Europe and start the next round in Spain.”
“It’s the end of the three flyaway races here and it’s been a good three rounds for the Tech3 Moto2 team. Remy clearly showed that he is the leader of our Moto2 team this year and scored points in Qatar, big points in Argentina, but unfortunately here he couldn’t be in the top 15, although he did a strong race and was very close. Bo is honestly struggling more than what we were expecting when we saw the winter tests, that were really good in terms of fast laps, but also consistency and race pace. We don’t really understand why, but we want to give him time, because he’s a newcomer to this category and is young, so hopefully back in Europe he will be stronger. We go back to Europe, where it will be easier to work for the whole paddock and hopefully we can have our two riders closer than where they are now and both in the points - this is the target. thanks to the riders, thanks to the team. It has been tough three races, so let’s go back home now, getting a few days rest and meet everyone again with a big smile on our face in beautiful Andalusia.”