Written by Maria Pohlmann
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.
Position: 13th - Time: 1’42.528 - Laps: 102
“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.”
Position: 19th - Time: 1'42.742 - Laps: 95
“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.”