Just six weeks after his heavy training accident, Tech3 Racing Team’s Remy Gardner was back in action for this weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix. With a lack of fitness, he fought incredibly hard trough the 22 laps race, making up one place after another to eventually reach the points scoring positions.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Bo Bendsneyder initiated the day with a strong Warm Up session, where he went 15th fastest. Later on, he came off the line well, made up some ground, but was unfortunately hit by two competitors, which ended his race already on the first lap.
Position: 15th – Championship: 17th – Points: 15
“To be honest, I’m a little bit disappointed, because I lost 14th on the last lap and I was struggling with myself and with the bike, the front was closing everywhere. Obviously, the last ten laps were even harder, I felt so dizzy, just hung in there and in the end, I got a point. Moving on the bike was not too bad, although there’s still some way to go. At least, I’m back and a step closer to where we wanted to be.”
Position: DNF – Championship: 29th – Points: -
“I think the bad luck will be over in Assen. Finally, apart from the Qualifying it was a positive weekend. We showed that we are competitive fighting for the points. Also, in terms of lap times during the race, I think we could have been doing quite well. This time, I didn’t do any mistake. I had a good start, gained three positions, but in turn four there were two riders coming full in behind me, so I crashed. I don’t even know what exactly happened, but that’s life. We can’t change anything now. I’m more motivated for Assen now to show our potential because we know we can do it.”
“First of all, I’d like to say, I’m really happy to have Remy back with us. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical when he told me straight after Mugello that he wanted to ride. I told him, first do a test, which he did with his private bike, then you have to be fit. He was declared fit on Thursday, but I was still not sure, if it was not too early to come. For sure, his fitness was not the same and I was a bit scared to lose him for the whole season, but he told me ‘Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing’ and I have to say, that he did well. I’m happy he pushed me, because what he did the whole weekend is really a great performance. I would like to thank him a lot and to congratulate him as I know what he’s been through and to end up in the top 15 knowing how tough the competition is in Moto2, this is a real achievement. I am very proud of him, he has shown determination and the fighting never-give-up-attitude. On the other side, it’s almost the same story like every week with Bo. He was far in Qualifying and trying to make up the ground, we know it’s always difficult in the middle of the field. Unfortunately, he was caught by two other riders, which is a pity, but we need to qualify better and without a better Qualifying, I think it’s going to be difficult, so hopefully he can see what his team mate has done and gives him hope, motivation and clear target. Assen is his home Grand Prix and I’m pretty sure that this will give him an extra boost. Hopefully we will see the real Bo from Assen.”