Bendsneyder and Gardner conclude pre-season with high confidence

Published in Winter test 17-18

The Tech3 Racing duo of Bo Bendsneyder and Remy Gardner was back at Jerez, Spain this week for the ultimate test before the 2018 season kicks off with the traditional opener, the Qatar Grand Prix in just eight days’ time.

In the course of the three days Bendsneyder was able to improve his fastest time from day one by 1.334 seconds to conclude the final preparations in 13th position overall. Thereby, the flying Dutchman was working through an extensive schedule in order to be perfectly positioned for his first ever Moto2 race next week. Meanwhile, Gardner impressed with the fourth quickest lap time on wet tarmac this morning. The Australian decreased his lap time by one second, completing the test just 0.214 seconds behind his team mate in 18th and is eager to prove his good feeling aboard the Mistral 610 in race conditions.


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 13th - Time: 1’42.528 - Laps: 102


Bo Bendsneyder “It was three positive days. We were quite lucky with the weather, because the forecast said just one dry day and in the end, we got nearly three. Especially the second day was good to try many things. At the start, we struggled a little bit, but finally we changed the bike in the front and step by step, we were improving. We just focused on the race pace and did a simulation, where I did my best time in the last lap. I was also able to ride consistently in the 42s. I’m happy about the work we’ve done and I’m looking forward to Qatar.”


Remy Gardner 

Position: 19th - Time: 1'42.742 - Laps: 95


Remy Gardner“We finished testing early, after doing some laps in the wet this morning, which was quite successful. I think we could have refined our setup a bit in the afternoon, but we didn’t want to risk anything before the race. Overall, this test was decent, unfortunately I had two strange tyres and we couldn’t understand why we were not able to go fast. Then we put a different set of tyres on and were working towards a setting that was suiting the poor tyres. I would say, we are ready for Qatar. I think we can have a strong start into the season, although the final result doesn’t really reflect our potential.”

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Tech3 Racing duo makes important steps in Jerez

Published in Winter test 17-18

From Monday to Wednesday, Bo Bendsneyder and Remy Gardner completed three successful days of testing at the Jerez Circuit. The Tech3 Racing pair tried various modifications on their Mistral 610 machines and eventually drew positive conclusions.

Gardner concluded the second outing of the year in 14th position, following 58 laps at the Spanish track. Thereby, the Australian did well to find himself only 0.3 seconds off the top 5, which shows the competitive speed of the Tech3 Racing team and Gardner’s excellent speed. Meanwhile, Bendsneyder ended his third test amongst the ultra-competitive riders of the intermediate category just 0.299 seconds behind his team mate in 21st.

From 6th to 8th March the Australian rider and the Dutch Moto2 rookie will be back in Jerez for the final test before the championship is set to commence just one week later in Doha, Qatar.


Remy Gardner

Position: 14th - Time: 1’42.272 - Laps: 58


Remy Gardner “Overall, this test was quite positive. Yesterday I did my best lap time. We tested a lot of things and found many positives after the last test. Although I have to admit that I was struggling bit today, I tried just too hard and wasn’t able to get a truly good lap together. Anyway, I feel like we are definitely one step closer to where we need to be for the first race in Qatar.”


 Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 21st - Time: 42.554 - Laps: 53


Bo Bendsneyder“I’m quite happy about the test, especially about today. This morning we improved the bike in order to give me more confidence, above all in the fast corners. Finally, we found a good way to improve the overall performance, which we immediately saw. I was happy about the lap time and also the pace wasn’t so bad. Thanks to the guys, they worked really hard. I’m already looking forward to the next test!”

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Bendsneyder and Gardner progress during first outing in 2018

Published in Winter test 17-18

The Tech3 Racing duo of Bo Bendsneyder and Remy Gardner was back on track this week for the first official Moto2 test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, close to Valencia. With a rainy first day, the intermediate class rookie Bendsneyder got into grips with his Mistral 610 machine from Wednesday on, finishing the test in 12th position overall and missed out on the top by just one second.

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing team garage, Gardner was eager to shake of the rust from this winter to continue improving his lap times around the Spanish venue. With a fastest lap of 1’37.033 the Australian clinched 15th position of the overall ranking. Following this weekend, the promising pair will complete another three days’ test in Jerez, Spain, in order to perfectly prepare the upcoming 2018 season in the hard-fought Moto2 category.


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 12th - Time: 1'36.843 - Laps: 60


Bendsneyder - 2018
“It has been two positive days, we tested quite a lot of things and I was finally back on the bike, which is the most important thing. We didn’t have the best weather and with it not ideal conditions, yet we were able to do quite some laps on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m happy about the first test this year and I’m looking forward to Jerez. I hope we can improve some points there and I can’t wait to be sitting on the bike very soon again.“


Remy Gardner

Position: 15th - Time: 1'37.033 - Laps: 45


Gardner - 2018
“On day one we couldn’t get any riding in, because it was too wet and too cold. In the course of the following days, we had dry conditions and therefore the opportunity to get back the feeling with the bike. It was a good test, we found out some things that are really important, which hopefully leads us into the right direction for the future. We still need to work on the setting, as we struggle a bit with some chatter, but I’m sure we will get there.“

 

 

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