Maria Pohlmann
Maria Pohlmann

Strong German GP for Gardner – Bendsneyder reaches top 20

Published in GP09 - Germany - Sachsenring - 2018

The Tech3 Racing Team showed some great determination in today’s 28 laps race at the unique Sachsenring circuit in Germany. Thereby, Remy Gardner did an excellent job. Starting from 20thon the grid the fast Australian made steady progress during the race to eventually see the chequered flag in 11thposition. Meanwhile Bo Bendsneyder had a tough fight with inexplicable pain in his left leg from lap 10 onwards. Anyway, the Dutch Moto2 rookie grit his teeth to finish the last race before the summer break in 20th.


Remy Gardner 

Position: 11th – Championship: 18th – Points: 20


Gardner - 2018Finally, it was a good race. Qualifying was not too great yesterday, but I still knew in my head that we can be confident for the race, we just needed a bit of luck in the first couple of laps. I think our main advantage this weekend was that we had to use the S1 tyre in the race and I think more people struggled with that compared to us. For me it was a quite clean race. I was a but lucky in the first laps, then I got held up a bit, but my pace was very constant. We are back where we need to be. We’d like to have a bit more, but I think that’s a consequence of Qualifying. We’ll work harder for the next round.


 

Bo Bendsneyder   

Position: 20th – Championship: 29th – Points: -


Bendsneyder - 2018It was a really tough race for me. After ten laps I got a lot of pain in my left leg. I didn’t have any power anymore, especially in the left corners, so it was truly hard and difficult to pick up the bike. We need to find out what happened. I already felt it during the weekend, but I thought it would maybe change in the race with the adrenaline, but finally, it was even worse. We need to check, take a break now and working hard for the upcoming round.” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


I’m very, very happy with how Remy ended up the first part of the championship. He started so well and of course we were so disappointed after the unfortunate accident that happened to him riding Motocross before Jerez and we thought it was going to be very difficult for him to come back at the level he was at the start. Finally, he showed incredible determination with the way he worked on his physical condition. He asked me to come back in Barcelona, which I thought was really crazy. But anyway, he had the green light from the doctors and we told him to try. From that point he already did an amazing race scoring in such a tough race and with such a lot of pain and such a weak body condition. Since then, he has been showing so much hard work to come back. After being unlucky in Assen, here all through the weekend he has been fast. To see him finishing eleventh in that strong group fighting with Moto2 race winners like Quartararo and Marquez, is a great reward. We are very proud of him. I would like to thank him a lot and the whole Moto2 crew because they don’t always have an easy time. Go on holiday resting, don’t do too much Motocross and come back strong, Remy! On the other side, Bo has been pushing and trying. But sometimes reality is cruel. 20 seconds behind Remy means a lot. I know he’s working hard, but right now, we just try to help him. Bo is such a nice, polite, well-educated and good guy and we are here to help, willing to give him whatever he needs. I wish him also a good break. Hopefully, we see both of them back in full shape and ready to race in the Czech Republic.”

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Tech3 Racing duo ready to catch up in Germany

Published in GP09 - Germany - Sachsenring - 2018

Following a very strong morning session where Tech3 Racing rider Remy Gardner topped the practice momentarily, the pace of the entire Moto2 World Championship field raised enormously during Qualifying. Thereby the young Australian lowered his time significantly as well, but eventually missed out on the top by 0.811 seconds.

In the meantime, Bo Bendsneyder did some solid work as well, going nearly one second faster in FP3 than in the first session on Friday morning. The Dutch rookie concluded Qualifying just 0.072 seconds behind his teammate. Both, Gardner and Bendsneyder will have to attack on Sunday at 12.20 local time from the sixth and the seventh row of the grid, respectively.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 20th - Time: 1’24.598 - Laps: 19


Remy GardnerLike everyone we’ve improved from FP3, but it was not enough. I tried, it was really difficult, but I think our race pace is not too bad. It’s a pity we have to start in 20th, so we need a bit of luck to get through the first couple of laps safely and make a good race after this strong weekend. I was missing a bit of everything. The whole pace was faster, so I can’t really point on something special.


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 21st - Time: 1’24.670 - Laps: 23


Bo BendsneyderI think finally the lap time we made was similar to our target, but we didn’t expect, that the guys in front make this huge step. But the lap time combined with our pace was quite satisfying. 21stplace is not ideal, but we are happy with the time and look forward to tomorrow. Hopefully we can have a great start and do decent race. Obviously, it will be hard because we have many laps to master, especially if it’s hot like today. It won’t be easy physically and also with the tyres, so we need to be focused on the race. Let’s see what we can do.

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Productive Friday for Gardner and Bendsneyder in sunny Saxony

Published in GP09 - Germany - Sachsenring - 2018

The Tech3 Racing Team experienced a solid opening day for the German Grand Prix this weekend. Remy Gardner started well with a strong pace and was able to finish today just 0.399 seconds behind the top riders in the extremely close combined standings of the intermediate class. On the other side, Bo Bendsneyder had to adapt to the demanding circuit aboard the Mistral 610 of the French squad and concluded FP2 only 0.338 seconds behind his team mate, before attacking again in FP3 tomorrow morning 10.55 local time.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 16th - Time: 1’25.149 - Laps: 44


Remy GardnerToday was quite good. I think we could have gone a bit faster today in the end, but I got messed up a little bit in the last sector by another rider, but anyway our rhythm is really good. I could do quite a few strong laps easily. The next question is about the tyre for the race on Sunday. Overall, it has been a good day. The position could have been a bit better, but we know we can be there, which is the most important thing.


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 24th - Time: 1’25.487 - Laps: 48


Bo BendsneyderThe entire field is incredibly close here regarding the lap times. We struggled a little bit, especially with the front feeling, but step by step we are improving and coming closer. We were already able to reduce the gap this afternoon, but we still need to find a few tenths to arrive in the top 15. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully, we can make a good change to have a better feeling with the front in order to gain some time and some positions.

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Hard fought Dutch Grand Prix for Bendsneyder and Gardner

Published in GP08 - Netherlands - Assen - 2018

Tech3 Racing rider Bo Bendsneyder showed his home fans his best ever Moto2 race today. The local hero did an incredible strong second half of the Dutch Grand Prix, making up one position by another while moving from P24 on the grid to P14, which would have meant his first ever intermediate class points. Although, the Moto2 rookie had to accept a 1.4 seconds penalty after swinging off the track at the beginning of the race.

On the other side, Remy Gardner did some fantastic first laps and carved out a way close to the points scoring positions, following a start from P18. Unfortunately, the fast Australian lost some positions, struggling slightly to keep the fast pace of the very competitive riders in front to eventually end up in 18th. Yet, Gardner is eagerly awaiting the upcoming ninth round of the championship in just 12 days’ time at the Sachsenring in Germany.


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 17th – Championship: 29th – Points: -


Gardner - 2018“In the beginning it was really tough because the rear was sliding from the first laps on. To do the 39’ low, I had to push a lot and also physically it was very hard to control the bike. But I knew that my opponents would have the same struggle with losing grip in the end and I took the advantage to keep my pace. Step by step I overtook them and finally, I arrived in P14. Just with the penalty we miss out on the points again, but we showed that we can be there. Thanks to my guys!


 

Remy Gardner  

Position: 18th – Championship: 18th – Points: 15


Bendsneyder - 2018We had some really good first two days this weekend, but a truly difficult race. The first three laps I was doing not too bad until something happened. It felt like the tyre went off and I’ve had unbelievable chatter, which we never had the whole weekend. I was losing the front everywhere and just had no confidence. It was hard to just bring the bike home, which is pretty disappointing at the end of such a strong weekend. There is not much more to say, all we need to do now is looking forward to Sachsenring” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


It has been a tough weekend for Tech3 Moto2 Racing, although everybody worked hard, tried hard and did quite a good job all through the weekend. The pace was really high for the whole grid. The gap was very small, everything was so close. In the end, Remy faded in the second part of the race. On the other hand, Bo made a really strong second part of the race, passing quite a lot of fast riders and having a great rhythm. Unfortunately, I think he cut the chicane and he had a 1.4 seconds penalty, which took him from 14 to 17, which is a pity, because this could have been his first ever Moto2 points. Anyway, I want to thank both, Bo and Remy for their hard work. They pushed and we know very well that it’s not easy to be inside the top 15, but this is going to give some confidence to Bo and hopefully Remy will be in an even better physical condition after his heavy accident. Sachsenring is going to be the last race before the summer break and it would be a dream to have our two guys in the points before we go on vacation.”

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