Maria Pohlmann
Maria Pohlmann

Impressive opening day by Garzo and Gardner in Valencia

Published in GP19 - Spain - Valencia - 2018

Hector Garzo showed a great performance on his home track today. Replacing Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, the Spanish rider was fast from the word go, especially impressed in FP2 to miss out on the top 10 by just 0.005 seconds and concluded the day in P11.

Meanwhile, Tech3 Racing’s Remy Gardner kicked off the last Grand Prix of the season in strong form as well. After the Australian found his pace step by step throughout the day, he set the ninth fastest lap time in persistent rain last second in Free Practice 2 this afternoon.


Hector Garzo  

Position: 11th– Time: 1’48.437 – Laps: 32


Remy GardnerOn this first day here in Valencia I tried to improve from the first lap on, I as working on the bike and with the team. I think the most important thing for tomorrow is, that we have a good setting. Until now it’s not perfect, but we know the way to go fast. I think with some more improvements, we can fight for the top 10. I hope the race is going to be wet, when the whole weekend is like this. I’m happy, very thankful to the team and ready to work for tomorrow.”


Remy Gardner  

Position: 24th– Time: 1’49.342 – Laps: 32


Bo BendsneyderToday has been quite good. I definitely thought that I would be stronger in the wet, but I always struggled in Valencia, so I knew it’s going to be a tough one. I had a bit of a strange crash this morning, but anyway, we got a bit softer clutch setting which helped in the afternoon, where I just did laps and found confidence. We were back inside the top 10 in FP2, my feeling was pretty ok, although the conditions were a lot worse than this morning. We’re still working on the setting and we still have to do some things before Sunday, as it looks like it’s going to be wet.

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Pratama fights Malaysian heat - Gardner ends strong race luckless

Published in GP18 - Malaysia - Sepang - 2018

Dimas Ekky Pratama did a brave Malaysian Grand Prix today, finishing in 23rd after holding off the challenge of some more experienced Moto2 World Championship riders. The Indonesian, who took over the Mistral 610 of Tech3 Racing in place of the injured Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, made a huge step during a damp Warm Up session already and went into the race with confidence. In the early stages, Pratama already made up five positions after starting in P28 and had a tough race-long fight, which he eventually won.

Starting from the second row of the grid for the first time, Remy Gardner showed incredible fighting spirit on the first lap to defend his fourth position, directly behind the championship leaders. He battled hard to keep up with the front, did some amazing laps, but while giving it all he lost the front in the last corner of the fifth lap and had to retire from the race.


Dimas Ekky Pratamas

Position: 23rd – Championship: 41st – Points: -


Gardner - 2018"I just tried to concentrate on the start and I had a quite good one. I wanted to keep the pace with the group, but I did a mistake on the fast corner, turn five – six and some other fast corners, so I went wide and some riders passed me. Later, I wanted to catch the group again, but did another mistake. Then I tried to manage the pace and keep my confidence to finish the race. Of course this is not a great result, but the important thing is that we improved towards the race and as I was riding this bike for the first time, I can say, I really enjoyed it. Thank you to Tech3 Racing and all sponsors for this opportunity. I’m happy, thank you!


 

Remy Gardner     

Position: DNF – Championship: 19th – Points: 28

 


Bendsneyder - 2018“In the end, it was a disappointing race. I was really trying the first couple of laps and felt ok with the grip. I was honestly even held up a bit by Oliveira, so I was quite confident in the first three, four laps, but my tyre dropped quite fast. I was dropping places, fell behind Pasini and then Marquez passed me in the last corner, we touched a little bit, which just put me off my line a tiny bit and I guess I just came across a bit of dirty asphalt and lost he front. Anyway, I learned a lot in this small amount of laps of how to go with the front guys, but we were definitely struggling with the grip, especially now that it’s hotter. I’m really sorry to my guys! We need to move on now and I truly hope I can get all of us the result we deserve in Valencia.” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


“The weekends are following each other and I almost have the same feeling like seven days ago in Australia. Dimas did an ok job, he did the best he could do and I want to thank him a lot for what he did. He helped us and next year, he’ll be a full Moto2 World Championship rider, so it was for sure a good experience. I’d like to thank him because all through the weekend he showed a great attitude, wanting to learn and never gave up. But of course the big disappointment is coming from Remy, because again – even better than Australia – he was so strong during all the practices and also in Qualifying he missed the front row by almost nothing. He started great, very aggressive from the beginning, which was what we needed. Clearly, he would have been in the front group until the end, a group of seven, eight, maybe nine riders. But the target was to be inside the top 10, which is always a great result for us. He left the race a bit too early. Anyway, he is learning, he is fast, but I think he must be feeling very disappointed and we also feel disappointed, because every Saturday night we dream, every Sunday morning we dream even bigger and it’s not coming. Thanks Remy anyway for what you do, but sure at some stage I think it’s good to try to control yourself and finish the race. This is not a blame, this is just something you have to go through for your knowledge. Last one in Valencia and hopefully we can duplicate the Qualifying session and maybe see the result.”

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Gardner secures fantastic fourth in Sepang Qualifying - Pratama progresses

Published in GP18 - Malaysia - Sepang - 2018

Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner raced to secure his second best spot on the starting grid in the Malaysian heat today. With an incredible fast time straight out of the garage, the Australian laid down a stunning marker through scorching track conditions and will start the second last race of the season from the front of the second row on Sunday.

On the other side of the garage, Dimas Ekky Pratama improved on his fastest Free Practice time by nearly one second this afternoon. The Indonesian, who replaces Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, had some tough lessons to learn in tricky conditions during FP3 and Qualifying today, but mastered his task well to start the Malaysian GP from the eighth row tomorrow at 13.20 local time (6.20 CET).


Remy Gardner  

Position: 4th Time: 2’06.347 – Laps: 14


Remy Gardner“Today has been a very positive day. I did a really first lap on the first exit of Qualifying, luckily, because then the track went hotter and it was a lot more greasy towards the end. Also the tyres only lasted for one lap. I managed to put a pretty decent lap together in the first lap and we were sitting in P3 for a while all the way until the last two minutes. We put in a new set of tyres again and I tried, but it was just really difficult out there. Quartararo did a good job to pass me in these conditions. We were close to parc fermé, but not in, anyway, I don’t think it’s going to change a lot for tomorrow. We still need to work on our race pace in the Warm up, but I’m happy.”


Dimas Ekky Pratama  

Position: 28th – Time: 2’08.769 – Laps: 14


Bo Bendsneyder“In Qualifying we improved our time and also the setting of the bike. I tried to stay with some fast riders to try to understand and to improve more, but unfortunately I wanted too much and did a mistake in turn five. I lost the front crashed and then I picked up the bike again, returned to the pit box and luckily the mechanics could fix it quickly. On my second exit I tried to stay with a group again, but I didn’t find them on track. So I did everything alone, worked on my understanding of the bike and the setting. In the end, I think it will be interesting tomorrow. I will push hard for sure, aim to stay with the guys in front of me, do my best and finish the race.

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Gardner close to the top on day one in Malaysia, while Pratama gets to know the Mistral 610

Published in GP18 - Malaysia - Sepang - 2018

Mixed weather conditions determined the opening day at the Sepang International Circuit, which saw Tech3 Racing team‘s Remy Gardner performing very strong. The fast Australian got off a great start in FP1 this morning and improved significantly during the second session to conclude day one just 0.716 seconds behind the top in P9.

On the other side of the garage, Bo Bendsneyder‘s replacement rider Dimas Ekky Pratama got a first taste of the Malaysian circuit aboard the French team‘s Mistral 610. The Indonesian did well to lower his lap time by incredible 1.933 seconds from the first to the second Free Practice and is eager to go even faster in FP3 tomorrow at 9.55 local time (2.55 CET).


Remy Gardner  

Position: 9th – Time: 2’07.644 – Laps: 33


Remy Gardner“It has been a pretty good day here. This morning it was still patchy when we went out, but we put the slick in when there was still some water on track and we ended up seventh, which was quite decent. Before FP2 it was raining, so everyone went out with wet tyres and of course we did the same, but the track was completely dry after it dried up in just some seconds. We came back in, put some old slicks back in, did a run and improved on our time from this morning. At the end, we put in the soft tyre and made a big step forward. We still need a bigger jump for tomorrow, but I think we’re on the right track after a good start. We just have to see how the weather plays out.”


Dimas Ekky Pratama  

Position: 28th – Time: 2’09.665 – Laps: 30


Bo Bendsneyder“I had a good experience with the Tech3 Racing team today. The Mistral 610 is a different bike than I use in the FIM CEV, which is a huge challenge. In FP1 we found tricky conditions, as it was half wet and half dry, but anyway, I tried to adapt as quick as possible. I thought, I needed to improve something, which I tried in FP2 later and it worked out. Anyway, I think, we still have some work to do and I need to work on some other things tomorrow. I think I will enjoy it and make another step for the third practice on Saturday and the Qualifying later.

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