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.
Position: 12th - Time: 1'36.843 - Laps: 60
“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.“
Position: 15th - Time: 1'37.033 - Laps: 45
“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.“