Tech3 Racing Team rider Remy Gardner produced a determined display today to clinch a point scoring finish in the gruelling Austrian Grand Prix. The young Australian kicked off the sprint from the ninth row of the grid and quickly set into a solid pace. He continued to push as the race distance dialled down whilst he fought in a highly competitive pack, before eventually meeting the chequered flag in 15th.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s hopes of sealing a strong finish in the Austrian hills ended prematurely after he was unfortunately involved in a multi rider pile-up at the first corner on the opening lap. The incident marks a disappointing end to the weekend for Vierge who began the race from 9th on the grid. Nevertheless, he aims to bounce back with a top tier finish at the British Grand Prix in a fortnight.

Remy Gardner

Position: 15th - Championship: 22nd - Points: 14

Gardner - 2017“I have to say that this race was really tough and I gave it my all. The first lap went well for me but then I started to struggle with the bike. Every time I entered the corner, there was some chatter and so we have work to do but fortunately, there is not long to wait because we are back on the track tomorrow. I’m hopeful that we can make a big step in the test to get to the next level and I will do my best as always. As for today, it was challenging but I’m sure that we can have a more positive time in Silverstone."

Xavi Vierge

Position: DNF - Championship: 11th - Points: 51

Vierge - 2017“It goes without saying that it’s a big shame about what happened today in the Grand Prix. I made a good start and at the first corner, I braked in the right place and I made sure that I was aware of the other riders because the first two turns are so tight. I entered the corner well but then half way through, Quartararo hit me. I lost the front and then another rider made contact, which made it impossible to save the crash. It’s a pity because during the weekend I had a good rhythm and the feeling with the bike was very positive. For sure, if I didn’t get hit then it would have been possible to score a strong finish. Anyway, the GP went like that but now we will focus on the test tomorrow where we hope to make another step which will allow me to fight near the top riders at the future rounds.“

Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“It was a disappointing day for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team. After the brilliant qualifying performance by Xavi Vierge yesterday, despite his crash on the first lap in qualifying, we were expecting a really strong race and a top ten result was a great possibility. Unfortunately, the first turn at this track is very tight and there was a bit of confusion at the braking point on the opening lap. Xavi was involved in that crash along with some other riders and that was game over which is a real pity because everyone worked hard, especially to get the bike repaired during the qualifying session yesterday. On the other side of the pit box, in a way, Remy was one of the lucky ones who could take advantage of this crash because he was up to 12th by the end of the first lap after starting from 25th. However, his pace was not good enough to fight with Syahrin, Corsi and the Pons brothers and he lost ground on them. At the end of the day, there is not much to be happy about, but we have a test tomorrow and I hope we can find some solutions to help Remy improve. I hope that Xavi will recover from the big disappointment today, and I also want to say thank you to the whole crew because they worked really hard and they deserve a better reward for their efforts. Again, I hope that the test goes positively and the results will make everyone ready to score a strong result at Silverstone.“

Xavi Vierge resolutely displayed his talent by overcoming an early crash in the qualifying shootout to clinch a third row start for the Austrian Grand Prix tomorrow. The young Spaniard fell at the first corner on the opening lap, but the Tech3 Racing Team worked relentlessly to fix the bike and Vierge returned to the track with 15 minutes to spare. With time running against him, he quickly got up to speed before producing a lap that left him only 0.527 from the front row.

Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a challenging afternoon, yet he remains fully focused for the battle tomorrow, which he will start from the ninth row of the grid. Gardner fell just metres before his teammate at the beginning of the session, but once he returned to the track, he pushed onwards and eventually finished with a lap time that left him 0.883 from the second row. Both riders intend to close the weekend with two positive results in the race, which begins at 12:20 tomorrow.

Xavi Vierge

Position: 9th - Time: 1’30.097 - Laps: 12


Vierge - 2017“The only thing that I can say about the qualifying today is thank you to the team for their amazing work. On lap 1, my teammate crashed in front of me at the first corner and then a short distance later, I fell. I really don’t know why this happened but when the front wheel touched the ground, it locked so maybe a piece of Remy’s bike got in the way. Anyway, I went down and my Mistral was completely destroyed. However, the Tech3 team did a superb job and fixed it, which allowed me to get back out on the track with 15 minutes left in the session. There, I pushed harder on every lap and I finally set a good time and reached my objective, which was to qualify inside the top nine. I have to say thanks to the team again and now we have some work to do in order to be fully ready for tomorrow, but I’m confident that it will be a good day.“

Remy Gardner

Position: 25th - Time: 1’30.738 - Laps: 14


Gardner - 2017“I can’t hide my disappointment with the qualifying today, especially because I was confident that I could get a good grid position. I had a strange crash on the first lap at turn 1 and to be honest, I can’t explain why this happened. As a result, we were on the back foot from the start and we couldn’t quite turn it around. There is definitely some work to do for tomorrow, but nevertheless, I am still determined and I’ll do my very best to close the weekend in a positive way."


Xavi Vierge produced two solid performances on the opening day of action in Spielberg as he began preparation work for Sunday’s showdown. The young Spaniard powered through the rain in FP1 to finish 6th, and then in the dry afternoon session, Vierge continued his efforts. Grip issues limited him, yet he finished the day 0.977 from the top in the ultra competitive intermediate class.

Whilst Remy Gardner determinedly fought against the Austrian circuit and made progress in both sessions. After running a solid pace in the wet conditions this morning, the young Australian carried on pushing in FP2 and rounded out the day with a lap that left him just a second back from the top five. The action will resume tomorrow at 10:55 for FP3.

Xavi Vierge

Position: 16th - Time: 1’31.188 - Laps: 22


Vierge - 2017“The first day has finished in Austria and we know the direction that we are heading towards now. I had a very good feeling on my Mistral 610 in FP1 and at the beginning of FP2, yet, when I changed tyres, I felt that I had a problem with the rear and it was impossible to go faster. We know what the issue is now and it won’t affect us tomorrow. Anyway, we will do our best when we get back on the track and I am confident for qualifying already.“

Remy Gardner

Position: 21st - Time: 1’31.468 - Laps: 22


Gardner - 2017“It was a hard first day here but I’m certain that we’ll bounce back. I found the circuit quite tricky today, however, I’m sure I’m sure that things will improve with some more track time. We worked on the bike setting in both sessions and made some improvements, however, the engine feels a bit slow, so we’ll have to see what happens with that. My performance in FP1 when it was wet was encouraging and that is a definite positive to take home. However, we definitely have to keep pushing tomorrow to get to where we want to be."



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