Xavi Vierge produced a courageous and impressive performance in the tricky conditions today at the Twin Ring Motegi to successfully clinch his best ever qualifying position in the fiercely competitive Moto2 class. The young Spaniard took advantage of the drying track to speed to a personal best on his final lap and tomorrow he aims to leap forward when the lights go out and fight for a top-tier finish aboard the Mistral 610.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team pit box, Remy Gardner will begin the round 15 fight from the head of the 7th row. After a promising performance in the wet at the beginning of the qualifying shootout, Gardner is confident for any condition tomorrow and he intends to close the weekend with a solid point scoring result.
Position: 3rd - Time: 1'54.046 - Laps: 20
“I am so happy with this result. The conditions have been tough for the entire weekend and then today in the qualifying, we had to use the rain tyres for the first laps, even though the track was not completely wet. Yet, after that, it was the opposite and we ran with slick tyres but one or two corners were still wet. These conditions helped us a little bit, however, I will gladly take this grid position. I am delighted because every race, I work so hard with the team, and today we finally got a front row start so we are all really happy.“
Position: 19th - Time: 1'56.266 - Laps: 19
“The qualifying was strange but the weather conditions were tricky throughout the day. The start of the session was really good when we used the wet tyres, but the track was drying quickly and I knew that we would have to run on slicks. In fact, it was similar to Argentina earlier this year, but we performed better here. However, I still think that we should have used a full dry setting in the end when we used the slicks. It would have been useful to have looked at some of the other riders to see where they were getting the grip instead of riding on my own. There are a few things that I could have done better but tomorrow is the race and it looks like the conditions will be mixed again so we will have to play it by ear but I am confident."