Following a difficult Italian GP Tech3 Racing Team rider Bo Bendsneyder made up for the missing kilometers at the Mugello circuit today during the official Moto2 and Moto3 test. The determined Dutch rider tried new aero parts and a couple of setting changes, plus some suspension tuning in order to confirm his improved feeling aboard the Mistral 610 from the last test. Thereby, Bendsneyder did a fastest lap of 1’52.95. The intermediate class rookie was happy with the overall base setting of his machine and heads to the next round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya positive.


Bo Bendsneyder  

Time: 1’52.95 - Laps: 48


Bo BendsneyderWe finished the test in a good way, after we did similar good work like during the warm up yesterday. We changed some settings and some of these changes were working and some not, but finally we confirmed today that we made a good step. Like on Sunday morning, we were able to show again that we have the pace. Hopefully I can have the same feeling in Barcelona and then we can fight for points.

This weekend, Hector Garzo was replacing injured Remy Gardner for the third time this season and showed a very solid form. The young Spaniard, who was in Mugello for the first time ever, initiated race day with the top speed of the highly-competitive Moto2 class during Warm Up. He reached 286 km/h aboard his Mistral 610 machine and carried on in a strong way during the race to eventually see the chequered flag in 20th position.

Following a great Warm Up session this morning, where Bo Bendsneyder did his best lap time of 1’52.974 minutes on used tyres, the Dutch Moto2 rookie felt well prepared for the race at midday. Unfortunately, Bendsneyder was forced to return to the pit box after the first lap, but will have a full day of testing in Mugello tomorrow.


Hector Garzo

Position: 20th – Championship: 31st – Points: -


Gardner - 2018This was a great Sunday for me, I did the first step of a good way. The Warm Up was super important for me, I could improve and tried to do the same in the race. The first sector was unbelievable for me. I tried to gather for a good position, but many riders were inside and outside in the corners, which was difficult for me. Anyway, I think I saved it quite well. Then I tried to find my rhythm, but I think I need to improve a bit more on the first ten laps and trying not to lose contact with the group in front. For me, it’s ok to finish in P20, I need more, but anyway, I’m truly happy and want to express a big thanks to the team.”


 

Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: DNF – Championship: 28th – Points: -


Bendsneyder - 2018After yesterday, we changed the bike a little bit and we made a good step, so we had a lot of confidence for the race and were really focused on it. Finally, there happened something with the clutch and that sort of things happen sometimes. Now it’s just a bad moment for this, but it’s like that. The positive is that we made a great step this morning, we showed that we can be there, so let’s focus on tomorrow for the test, where we hope it is dry and on the next race in Barcelona to show our potential there.” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


Another tough weekend for the Tech3 Moto2 Racing Team. Race by race it’s almost the same story, we’re too far down in Qualifying. Apparently, an issue with the clutch at the start forced Bo to retire, which is a shame, but anyway, he would have had to fight hard from P23. It’s never good to be on the grid and not to finish your first lap of the race. Anyway, we have another test tomorrow and hopefully we can still grow and improve. Hector did an ok weekend, which was his third race with us this year and he is starting to understand the level of the Moto2 World Championship. He is learning and he has been good so far, but the gap is very big. We are very happy to have given him this possibility to do these races with us, for sure, he has improved a lot, he has understood quite a few things, how to push more, how to set up the bike, but to be in the top 15 and score points in this championship is such a tough mission, that I think at the moment is almost unreachable for him unless there are a lot of casualties in front. So, we have to accept what is racing and what is the result, but we are not going to give up and carry on pushing. Hopefully Catalunya is going to be bit sweeter for the Tech3 Moto2 Team.

The Tech3 Racing duo faces a tough challenge for the sixth round of the Moto2 World Championship 2018, but both, Bo Bendsneyder and Hector Garzo, feel more than ready to attack. Dutch rookie Bendsneyder was able to lower his pace significantly from yesterday and did some solid laps during FP3 and Qualifying in order to find himself just 0.617 seconds off the top 10.

Meanwhile Garzo had an even bigger task, riding in Mugello for the first time ever, the Spanish youngster made a huge step in FP3 and was 1.831 seconds faster than in FP1, but has to launch his third race this year from the eleventh row of the grid. The Italian Moto2 Grand Prix is set to get underway at 12.20 local time.


Bo Bendsneyder  

Position: 23rd- Time: 1’52.729 - Laps: 17


Bo BendsneyderI think the qualifying wasn’t so bad, finally we did our best time in the end and we could see that many guys did their fastest lap in the beginning because of the temperatures. I’m happy about the consistency and I also did it completely alone. It’s 1.1 second from the first position and I think it’s only half a second to the top ten or maybe less, so I’m glad we were able to close the gap. It’s still not the position that we want, but I think we need to focus on tomorrow, especially on the beginning of the race to gain some positions in order to be ready to fight for some points.


Hector Garzo

Position: 32nd - Time: 1’54.720 - Laps: 15


Hector GarzoIt’s not really our day, we gave everything. I tried to learn the things that I was missing on this circuit, which is new for me and I tried to improve on the last lap, but it was not possible. The level is high, but anyway, I know, I have to be better myself. I’m not too happy and I have to improve for tomorrow, but I’m still learning. Many thanks to the team.

The Tech3 RacingT eam experienced a tough opening day at the Italian Grand Prix. While Bo Bendsneyder started with a decent performance in FP1, he struggled during today’s afternoon session. On the other side, Hector Garzo, who is riding the Mistral 610 for the third time this season in place of Remy Gardner, did his first laps at the tricky circuit in the Tuscan hills and was hampered in his process by a slight trip to the gravel this morning, but recovered nearly half a second in FP2.


Bo Bendsneyder  

Position: 24th - Time: 1’53.797 - Laps: 38


Bo BendsneyderThe position doesn’t really reflect our potential overall today, as it was quite ok, apart from FP2, where we were not able to make the step that we wanted. Now we’re taking a close look at the data and I hope this will help us to improve tomorrow, as I’m quite sure we’ll find some points to progress.


Hector Garzo

Position: 32nd - Time: 1’56.120 - Laps: 21


Hector GarzoTo be honest, it was a difficult day for me here in Mugello. I was learning the track, which was not easy and also a little crash made me lose a bit of confidence this morning, but I tried to recover and improve in the second Free Practice. I went quicker, but not enough, so I still have to get to know the track better and want to enjoy every minute on the bike. I think tomorrow is going to be better, the track is truly difficult and I need a bit more, but I’m giving my all.

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