The Tech3 Racing team duo of Remy Gardner and Bo Bendsneyder qualified in 13th and 26th spot respectively, following a difficult opening day with changing weather conditions at the Twin Ring Motegi. Both are eager to fight in tomorrow’s 16th round of 2018 when the lights go out at 12.20 local time (5.20 CET).
Gardner was able to improve on his best lap from Friday significantly in FP3 this morning and lowered his time by further 1.096 seconds during Qualifying to eventually miss out on the top by just 0.746 seconds. Meanwhile, Bendsneyder had to learn a lot today, having his first full dry sessions at the Japanese venue. Thereby, the Dutch rookie qualified just one second behind his teammate.
Position: 13th - Time: 1’51.505 - Laps: 16
“We had a good Qualifying today. I could probably go a bit faster on the first exit because the MotoGP rubber was on the track, but in the end we managed to improve by a tenth on my own, which is great. So, I definitely made progress in many corners and we feel quite strong. We made some bike changes and from FP3 to Qualifying I felt good, so I think we can be quite confident for tomorrow. Anyway, we still need to work in Warm Up and have a good race pace, but overall, I’m happy.”
Position: 26th - Time: 1’52.549 - Laps: 19
“To be honest, the Qualifying was really difficult for me today. After we didn’t have much useful time on track yesterday, I had to start today to get used to the feeling aboard the Mistral 610 at this circuit. In the session this afternoon, I didn’t find good sensations, therefore we are fir sure not, where we know we can be. We’ll work through it now and hopefully find some solutions for tomorrow. Anyway, I look forward to the race.”