Just one day after the French Grand Prix, the Tech3 Racing Team was back at the Bugatti Circuit to take part in the Official Test today with Bo Bendsneyder. Following the race, the Dutch Moto2 rookie was trying different settings, while working a new shock from Kayaba and a new front tyre Dunlop supplied for the test in order to prepare the upcoming GP in Mugello, Italy. Thereby, Bendsneyder did 107 laps in total to completed the day with a fastest lap time of 1’37.67 minutes. 

Bo Bendsneyder  

Time: 1’37.67 - Laps: 107

Bo BendsneyderThe test was really positive. Especially, after yesterday, where we unfortunately missed out on the points narrowly. We had a very productive day and tried to improve for Mugello. Already after the second exit, we changed something in the rear and we improved a lot. During the race weekend, I struggled with the rear grip, so I’m really happy. It was an incredible consistent day and all 107 laps were like this. I’m delighted about the work we did and I’m looking forward to the next round now.”

For the French team’s home round in Le Mans, Bo Bendsneyder arrived on the grid with some extra motivation to do well. Starting from the seventh row, the Moto2 rookie made up positions step by step and did some good lap times towards the second half of the race to eventually miss out on his first point narrowly, finishing in 16th place. 

Hector Garzo, who jumped in again in place of Remy Gardner this weekend, delivered some solid first laps and found himself in 24th position early on after starting from P27 on the grid. Yet, the young Spaniard got penalized for a jump start and had to ride through the pit lane, whereby he lost his rhythm, which led to an unfortunate early end of his race.

Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 16th – Championship: 26th – Points: -

Gardner - 2018Finally, it’s not the result that we wanted. We need to fight for the points and in the end, we came out again with zero points. Apart from this I think we gathered some good information to try for tomorrow’s test. We want to try to make another step on Monday here, as I think this is very important before we go to Mugello to find something more. I want to thank my team for everything.”


Hector Garzo

Position: DNF – Championship: 35th – Points: -

Bendsneyder - 2018It’s a shame for the ride trough. I was trying to do a good race and to catch my team mate, as I think our rhythm was quite similar. I think I could have finished close to the points scoring positions, but I can’t do anything. To ride alone after the penalty was really difficult. I tried to do some good lap times to catch up again, but I tried too hard and I crashed. I’m truly sorry for the team, for my sponsors and I can promise that I learned from it.” 



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I think we could almost take the post-race press release of Jerez to do the French GP, because Bo ended up 16th, being fast the second part of the race and in Le Mans, we finished 16th, being fast the second part of the race. I can’t hide my disappointment, because I truly believe we have a package that is stronger than what the current results are showing. We saw earlier this season with Remy, that we have a bike that is capable to fight at least for the top 10 and we are now in round five without any point from Bo, which is something I can not explain. Everybody has got to wake up and push harder from day one. On the other side of the garage, I think Hector did a much better race and showed a much stronger performance than in Jerez. He understands the bike and knows how to prepare a Moto2 World Championship weekend much better. It’s a shame we got this jump start penalty, because he was doing a good lap time and it would have been interesting for him to finish the race, fighting with the group he was in. Anyway, he is a rookie, it was only the second race this year, the crash was unfortunate, but can happen and at the end of the day, I think he did an ok performance. Let’s see what is going to happen for the next weekend in Mugello, but clearly, I really believe we should and we have to do better. I hope everybody will think about it and come back with a different attitude and more fighting spirit.”

The Tech3 Racing Team duo initiated the second day of action at the French Grand Prix with some decent improvements in FP3 and will tackle the fifth round of the Moto2 World Championship 2018 from the seventh and the ninth row respectively. While Bo Bendsneyder lowered his lap time from Friday morning by 1.528 seconds during the qualifying, Hector Garzo improved his personal record as well, while further trying to adapt to the highly-competitive intermediate class as he is replacing Remy Gardner at the Bugatti Circuit.

Bo Bendsneyder  

Position: 21st - Time: 1’37.565 - Laps: 20

Bo Bendsneyder“The Qualifying was quite good in my opinion, although the position doesn’t really show this and is not what we wanted. Anyway, we did a good step, especially in consistency, because I can do the 1’37 on every lap now. During the end of the session I did my laps alone, so I couldn’t improve anymore, which is a pity, because I think we could have done a bit more. 0.1 or 0.2 seconds would have brought us to the top 15, but I did a mistake. Apart from this, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, I hope for a good start and try to fight for the points.”

Hector Garzo

Position: 27th - Time: 1’38.191 - Laps: 18

Hector Garzo“It was not an easy day, but I’m happy, because we have done the work we had in mind. It was difficult to step up to 37’ as I don’t have enough confidence with these tyres, but anyway, I’m delighted. The job in preparation for tomorrow is done and I think we found a rhythm, although I still need to improve a bit in some corners. I believe that we have a chance to be close to the points scoring positions in the race.”

During the first day of action at the Tech3 Racing Team’s home round in Le Mans, BoBendsneyder and Hector Garzo showed some good performances and made progress. While Dutch Moto2 rookie Bendsneyder was working on his rhythm, he improved by half a second from FP1 to FP2. On the other side of the garage, Garzo, who is replacing the injured Remy Gardner again this weekend, found his style aboard the Mistral 610 machine and finished Friday just 0.373 seconds behind Bendsneyder. 

Bo Bendsneyder  

Position: 25th - Time: 1’38.519 - Laps: 40

Remy GardnerWe started the day in FP1 quite well. In the middle of the session we had some electronic issues, so I didn’t improve, but overall it went well. In FP2 we put another tyre in and we made a step, although I still think we can do a bit more. Finally, it was not a bad day, because in the end in FP2 I did consistent lap times, but we still need to find that one fast lap. Anyway, today we were not focused on this single lap, because we used the tyres for many laps. Tomorrow is the day where we need to focus on qualifying to make the race a little bit easier.”

Hector Garzo

Position: 29th - Time: 1'38.892 - Laps: 36

Bo BendsneyderI’m so happy with this day, I’ve been improving on the bike, while trying to get my riding style of the CEV and I’m completely delighted, because I see that it was effective. Together with Nico and the rest of my very experienced crew, we are trying to find something more, what the bike needs in order to improve and I think we are on a good way and ready for tomorrow.”


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