Written by Maria Pohlmann
Starting from the ninth row of the grid, Bo Bendsneyder was fighting hard in today’s Austrian GP in Spielberg. The Dutch rookie lost some positions at the start of the race and found himself in 31st after the first lap but bounced back step by step and made up one position by another. At the end of 25 intense and hot laps, Bendsneyder finally saw the chequered flag in 22nd.
Following an excellent Saturday, Remy Gardner started the day well with a fine 12th position in Warm Up, missing out on the top of the ultra-competitive Moto2 field by just 0.484 seconds and was highly motivated for a great race. Unfortunately, the young Australian was pushing too hard on the fourth lap to catch up with the riders in front of him and eventually crashed out.
Position: 22nd – Championship: 29th – Points: -
“For sure, it has been one of the hardest race I ever did, especially in Moto2 but we knew before that it will be tough, especially because of the rainy conditions we didn’t have too much time on the dry. It’s the same for everybody, but for me it was the first time on this track with this bike. To be honest, we struggled a lot, also this weekend it was quite hectic in any respect, so I want to apologize to my team that I probably haven’t been the same like normal. Anyway, we keep working and take the positive and the negative experiences from here with us to the next race in Silverstone. We keep improving and for sure, we will come back stronger.”
Position: DNF – Championship: 18th – Points: 20
“That hasn’t been the race day we were expecting. I had a good start but got hold up on the first two laps. There was a big crash in front of me and afterwards I was just pushing really hard to try to catch the guys and lost the front into turn seven. I was just trying, not a good way to end a positive race weekend. Let’s hope Silverstone brings more.”
“That was a sad end to a weekend that could have been very positive, even the best after the Argentinean Grand Prix. We were very proud of Remy leading the way in FP3, having a string Qualifying in 11th. The start was ok, he could see it was really hot in the group he was in, there were a lot of touches, crashes and before the race I told him not to get too excited and that’s what he did. You have to understand the length of a Grand Prix, you have to cope with the pressure and you always have to bring home what you can. To finish the race is the main lesson. Remy is still a young rider and still has to learn. It’s disappointing, I’m not angry, I’m just sad because this was a good opportunity this weekend to show what he can do. He did in practice, but not in the race, so I just hope Silverstone will be good as well. For Bo it has been another tough weekend, in Qualifying and race he has been quite far from the front and from his teammate, which is difficult to understand. I think he should keep his positive feeling, he needs to fight. It’s a tough time of the season for him and a tough time for his career, but if he wants to bounce back he needs to show determination and aggressivity. We are here to help him and to help Remy, so hopefully things will be better for the British GP.”