Career best result for Gardner - Bendsneyder gains experience in Argentina

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Tech3 Racing rider Remy Gardner showed a superb second round of 2018 while bringing home his best ever Moto2 result. The Australian started well from the third row on the grid to make up two positions already on the first lap. Following an intense battle in the chasing group he claimed the sixth spot before half time of the race, which he eventually defended bravely until the finish line.

On the other side, Bo Bendsneyder encountered a tricky second Moto2 experience. On the drying asphalt of the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit the intermediate class rookie found himself in 31st by the end of lap one, but was able to gradually gain some positions aboard his Mistral 610 to finally finish in 28th


Remy Gardner

Position: 6th – Championship: 8th – Points: 14


Gardner - 2018“I’m extremely happy, the best result ever! It’s been a really strong weekend. I think I made a big step, especially me and my riding, but also the bike was a little bit better. It was a tough race and I had to pick to choose some lines sometimes. It took me about six, seven laps to really understand where I can push. The group in the front finally made that gap and then it was kind of hard to catch back up. Definitely, a long race, mentally wise, alone, but we can be truly satisfied.”


 

Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 28th – Championship: 23th – Points: -


Bendsneyder - 2018“The race was really difficult. From the beginning, I struggled a lot and till the end it was quite hard, a bit more than on other tracks. I didn’t have the confidence to brake hard and I didn’t feel good straight away. Honestly, I think this was one of my worst races, but anyway, I’m looking forward to the next GP now and hopefully we can make a bigger step to the front. I just hope Austin is soon.” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


“I’m very, very happy with the Argentinean weekend for the Tech3 Moto2 team. Remy really upped the level since the previous race in Qatar. He’s been fast in every condition and God knows, we had all conditions here in Argentina, full dry, full wet, intermediate track conditions. He was fastest in FP3 and did a good qualifying to be on the third row and he got a good start, put his head down, kept his rhythm and increased the pace lap by lap. I’m especially proud of him. Once he lost contact with the guys in front of him, he opened a gap to the rider following him. I think, Remy made a big step today and showed the world and to us, that he’s a top Moto2 rider, which I’m happy about and very proud. On the other side of the garage, it’s been a tough weekend for Bo. We don’t really understand at the moment, what has been the reason for it, because he’s been fast all winter long. He was quick to adapt, was okay in Qatar, but here it was not where we think he wanted to be and not was his level truly is. But he is a rookie, he still has to learn and doesn’t have to worry about the package, so I’m confident. All together this is a great round two for the Tech3 Moto2 team. I think we will be strong again next race and I don’t want to end my comment before giving a big congratulation to the Kayaba guys. I think Yoshimoto-San and Stefan Kurfiss did a great job and their input, the level of their suspension, plus the level of their expertise with the setup of the bike has been playing a big part in Remy’s results. So, thanks to Kayaba, thanks to Remy and thanks to Bo. See you all in Texas.”

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Gardner equals best qualifying with third row start in Argentina – Bendsneyder set to catch up

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The Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner got off a flying start on the second day of action at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit. The Australian extraordinarily topped the third Free Practice in tricky conditions and kept his great feeling also during qualifying. He showed a consistent pace and was finally able to equal his best ever Moto2 grid position with P9.

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing team garage, Bo Bendsneyder was working hard to adapt to the delicate circumstances, riding in partly wet conditions for the first time on his Mistral 610. Eventually, the intermediate class rookie has to attack the Argentina Grand Prix tomorrow at 13:20 local time from the ninth row.


Remy Gardner 

Position: 9th - Time: 1’57.166 - Laps: 16


Remy Gardner “After this great FP3 I was feeling good and at the start of the qualifying I felt I didn’t really make the most of the dry conditions, plus I got held up, so I think we could have been further up the grid. Then it rained a bit more and I came in to put in a new rear tyre. It took me a while to really understand how much grip there was. In some corners with the water on the track there was more grip, I had to get my head around that. It’s not a bad starting position, but I think I wanted a bit more. Anyway, the race is tomorrow and the conditions will be unpredictable as well, so we have to see.”


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 25th - Time: 1’59.630 - Laps: 20


Bo Bendsneyder“The qualifying was quite difficult with the weather. In the end there was more rain, but also more grip, which was hard to understand. I think we still need to fix something with the bike to have a stable bike on the brakes in order to stop it better and have the corner speed. We have some work to do for tomorrow, especially if it’s wet. If it’s dry, we’ll have to wait and see. I’m looking forward to the race, honestly, I’m not too happy about the place today, but Sunday is another day.”

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Gardner and Bendsneyder lay decent foundation on Friday in Argentina

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The Tech3 Racing duo of Remy Gardner and Bo Bendsneyder got into grips today with the partly new asphalted Termas de Río Hondo Circuit while commencing the Argentina Grand Prix with a steady performance. Gardner initiated Friday’s practices with less than one second to the top and lowered his lap time during FP2 by 0.363 seconds to eventually finish day one in an excellent 10th position overall. At the same time, Moto2 rookie Bendsneyder adapted gradually to the 4.8-kilometer circuit, but was restrained in his progress abroad the Mistral 610 machine by rain around halftime of the second session, yet concluding day one in 25th.  


Remy Gardner 

Position: 10th - Time: 1’45.012 - Laps: 22


Remy Gardner “Today was pretty good. In FP1 we were struggling a little bit with the setup and were trying some different things. We made an improvement and stayed on the same tyres all session. In FP2 we put a new set on and it felt quite good straight away. We’re still looking for some further adjustments of the setup and then we went to put another tyre, but it started to rain. Overall, I’m happy and I think it was a good beginning to this weekend.”


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 15th - Time: 1’46.269 - Laps: 24


Bo Bendsneyder“In the beginning, it was difficult to learn this new track with the Moto2, but step by step it was coming better. Finally, during the second session we were improving, just on the end the rain came, so we didn’t have a chance to put on a new tyre to improve our lap time. But eventually, I think it was a productive day to learn. From tomorrow, we need to work hard and try to make a bigger step.”

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Brave Gardner kicks off 2018 with a fantastic 12th in Qatar – Bendsneyder fights hard in first ever Moto2 race

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Remy Gardner initiated the 2018 season with a great race after producing a mature ride to 12that the Losail International Circuit today. The talented Australian launched forward from the fourth row on the grid and made up three places by the end of the first lap. Following a late brake on lap two he fell back, but was biting hard inside a very competitive group to eventually finish the 20 lap sprint well inside the points scoring ranges.

Meanwhile, Bo Bendsneyder, who made his debut in the intermediate class, found himself in 25th position shortly after the red lights went out. The newcomer grit his teeth to make up one place after another and finally saw the chequered flag in 18th, plus missed out on what would have been well deserved first Moto2 points by just a whisker. 


Remy Gardner

Position: 12th – Championship: 12th – Points: 4


Gardner - 2018“The result is quite ok. I made a really good start, a great first lap and was in a truly favorable spot, plus I thought I could run with Binder, Oliveira and Vierge. I got to the first corner in this massive slipstream and wanted to brake like when I was alone, so there was a mistake on my behalf and I lost a lot of places, which is a real shame. But I came back, although I feel I could have done a much better race. Anyway, I’m still happy with my comeback and that I was able to manage to get twelfth position. We made a lot progress this year and I can’t wait to arrive in Argentina.”

 


 

Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 18th – Championship: 18th – Points: -


Bendsneyder - 2018“The race itself was really difficult in the first stages, I was a bit too nervous and didn’t get a good feeling during the first laps, but after four, five laps I gained some time and step by step I was feeling better. I was catching the positions for the points, but I lost too much in the beginning. Finally, we learned where we need to improve during this race and that’s the start of the race. If we manage to make progress there, I think we can fight for some good positions.” 

 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


“It was a tough race, like all the Moto2 races, but I have to say that we were very excited to see Remy in the top group during the early part. Then he made a mistake, he missed his braking point in turn one, but he was back on track, has been fighting, kept up the pace and stayed with a really strong group. In the end, he managed to finish ahead of this strong group, he was in. Compared to last year, Remy has improved a lot, much more consistent and what makes me really happy is that he never gave up and has been fighting until the last lap. Good job, Remy, continue like this! I know, confidence is very important and I hope that this is something, that gave you this confidence. On the other side of the garage, we were expecting a lot from Bo and we were not disappointed. He was a bit tense, it was his first race in Moto2, so he didn’t know what to expect. The start was far from ideal, the first 8 to 10 laps were very slow and I think that he was just trying to understand. But from that moment, he was pushing like the top group. Every single lap, he was faster and faster and I think, when you see how he ended up the race, you can’t help thinking, that once he will have the rhythm from the beginning, for sure, Bo is a top 10 rider. We are not over the moon, but we’re happy. We finished the first race with a solid performance, both riders saw the chequered flag. Now, Bo needs more experience and clearly, he will feel more confident already in Argentina. Thanks to the Tech3 Moto2 Racing team, they did an amazing job. We are happy and sure, better things are coming.”

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Gardner qualifies in 12th – Bendsneyder to launch first Moto2 race from seventh row

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Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner displayed a strong performance on the second day of action in Qatar and will kick off the first competition of the year from the fourth row of the Moto2 grid. Meanwhile, Bo Bendsneyder kept improving his rhythm aboard the Mistral 610 during FP3 around midday and secured 20th position during the qualifying this afternoon. The intermediate class rookie concluded the all-important session just 0.310 seconds behind his team mate.

The Moto2 class will be back on track tomorrow at 14:10 local time for the warm up session, before they inaugurate the 2018 season with the first of 19 races at 17:20.


Remy Gardner 

Position: 12th - Time: 2’01.252 - Laps: 16


Remy Gardner

“That was a pretty decent start to the year. To be honest, I would have liked to get a bit more, but it was a solid qualifying. On my fast lap, I made a mistake in turn six, I probably lost a tenth or a tenth of a half. I was pushing and in the end, I can’t complain. We’ve done one of our best timed sessions in the dry yet. I think we’re in a pretty confident spot for tomorrow and don’t have to catch up a lot to be close to the top.”


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 20th - Time: 2’01.562 - Laps: 18


Bo Bendsneyder“Overall, today was quite good, we did some steps forward. In qualifying we were really close to the top 10, although I was struggling a bit and made some mistakes, therefore I wasn’t able to put the perfect lap together. For tomorrow, I’m really excited as it will be my first race in Moto2. I’m looking forward to it!”

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Solid start for Gardner and Bendsneyder on the first day of 2018

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The Tech3 Racing Team riders kicked off the season with a decent performance today at the Losail International Circuit aboard their Mistral 610 bikes. Remy Gardner commenced the day with the ninth fastest time, well placed inside the highly competitive Moto2 field. In working towards the race, he improved his lap time by 0.698 seconds this afternoon to conclude the first day of the season in 12th. Meanwhile intermediate class rookie Bo Bendsneyder, who started with a promising performance into his first weekend, ended the first two Free Practice sessions just 0.352 seconds behind his team mate in 19th


Remy Gardner 

Position: 12th - Time: 2’01.629 - Laps: 34


Remy Gardner “It went quite positive here today, I feel good with the bike and I’m happy to be back to racing, finally. It’s our second year here, so we all have a bit more experience. It looks like we are off to a good start, so I hopefully we can keep up the great work and with it, keep the ball rolling.”


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 19th - Time: 2’01.980 - Laps: 35


Bo Bendsneyder“Overall, it was a quite good first day for me on this track with the Moto2 machine. We still need to find something extra in order to have more grip and a more stable bike, but I think my fantastic crew will figure it, which will be good for tomorrow. So, let’s try it on Saturday and hopefully we can improve the lap time a little bit.”

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