Bo Bendsneyder showed a solid weekend at the Automotodrom Brno, improving his lap time and his feeling abroad the Mistral 610 with each session and eventually showing a great pace in this mornings’ Warm Up, which he finished just half a second behind the top.
Meanwhile Remy Gardner was giving his best to arrive inside the points scoring positions as well. When the red lights switched off, the Australian did a good start and was ready to fight, but unfortunately collided with another rider on the first lap, which brought his and his team mates race to an unlucky early end.
Position: DNF – Championship: 29th – Points: -
“We had a good Warm Up, a decent weekend, especially after we struggled a bit on day one. We knew where we needed to improve and we did it in FP3. In Qualifying we showed it again and even in Warm Up with used tyres we had a good pace. So we were confident about the race, but finally we didn’t make one lap. Some rider in front of me crashed and it was difficult to avoid it, so I was down too. It’s really difficult to understand that such a positive weekend got destroyed by another rider, which is the worst feeling for me, but also for the team. Because we worked truly hard this weekend to show what we are capable to do, but finally we didn’t finish the race. We want to keep this focus and this working style for the next races and hopefully the results follow.”
Position: DNF – Championship: 18th – Points: 20
“I had a good start, a decent first corner and really felt comfortable. I got to turn six and Mir was in front. I wasn’t trying to make a pass, I just wanted to take my corner normally. But it seemed like he just stopped the bike exceptionally slow that lap and I was not expecting this. He basically cut my front wheel off. It was strange, but also very unlucky. I’m sorry to him and sorry to Bo. I wasn’t intentionally trying to make a pass or do anything stupid, it’s just really unlucky.”
“This was probably one of the shortest races of the Tech3 Moto2 team with both riders down in the first lap. I don’t want to blame anybody because we know how tough these first laps are. With having to start far sometimes, you want to try to much too early and I think this is what happened. Remy touched Mir and that was the end of their race. I feel also very sorry for Bo as he had his best Qualifying of the year, he was strong in Warm Up and he was ready for a good fight, but he couldn’t do anything to avoid the crash. I’m very sorry, but that’s part of this close racing. The good news is, that there is another race in a few days and hopefully we can do better there.”