Just six weeks after his heavy training accident, Tech3 Racing Team’s Remy Gardner was back in action for this weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix. With a lack of fitness, he fought incredibly hard trough the 22 laps race, making up one place after another to eventually reach the points scoring positions.

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Bo Bendsneyder initiated the day with a strong Warm Up session, where he went 15th fastest. Later on, he came off the line well, made up some ground, but was unfortunately hit by two competitors, which ended his race already on the first lap.


Remy Gardner

Position: 15th – Championship: 17th – Points: 15


Gardner - 2018To be honest, I’m a little bit disappointed, because I lost 14th on the last lap and I was struggling with myself and with the bike, the front was closing everywhere. Obviously, the last ten laps were even harder, I felt so dizzy, just hung in there and in the end, I got a point. Moving on the bike was not too bad, although there’s still some way to go. At least, I’m back and a step closer to where we wanted to be.”


 

Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: DNF – Championship: 29th – Points: -


Bendsneyder - 2018I think the bad luck will be over in Assen. Finally, apart from the Qualifying it was a positive weekend. We showed that we are competitive fighting for the points. Also, in terms of lap times during the race, I think we could have been doing quite well. This time, I didn’t do any mistake. I had a good start, gained three positions, but in turn four there were two riders coming full in behind me, so I crashed. I don’t even know what exactly happened, but that’s life. We can’t change anything now. I’m more motivated for Assen now to show our potential because we know we can do it.” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


“First of all, I’d like to say, I’m really happy to have Remy back with us. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical when he told me straight after Mugello that he wanted to ride. I told him, first do a test, which he did with his private bike, then you have to be fit. He was declared fit on Thursday, but I was still not sure, if it was not too early to come. For sure, his fitness was not the same and I was a bit scared to lose him for the whole season, but he told me ‘Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing’ and I have to say, that he did well. I’m happy he pushed me, because what he did the whole weekend is really a great performance. I would like to thank him a lot and to congratulate him as I know what he’s been through and to end up in the top 15 knowing how tough the competition is in Moto2, this is a real achievement. I am very proud of him, he has shown determination and the fighting never-give-up-attitude. On the other side, it’s almost the same story like every week with Bo. He was far in Qualifying and trying to make up the ground, we know it’s always difficult in the middle of the field. Unfortunately, he was caught by two other riders, which is a pity, but we need to qualify better and without a better Qualifying, I think it’s going to be difficult, so hopefully he can see what his team mate has done and gives him hope, motivation and clear target. Assen is his home Grand Prix and I’m pretty sure that this will give him an extra boost. Hopefully we will see the real Bo from Assen.”

Following his ultra-fast recovery, Tech3 Racing Team rider Remy Gardner is back on his Mistral 610 this weekend and showed great progress on the first two days. The Australian improved his pace from FP1 to FP3 by 1.474 seconds and although he was fighting hard through the pain during the hot Qualifying this afternoon, he managed to secure an eighth row start for tomorrow’s 22 laps race, starting at 12.20 local time.

Meanwhile, Bo Bendsneyderhad a solid start into day two as well, lowering his best lap by one second from Friday morning, but struggled to find his good feeling in the afternoon session and therefore has to tackle his seventh intermediate class race from 26thspot on the grid.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 23rd - Time: 1’44.760 - Laps: 17


Remy GardnerAnother tough day in the office, but I felt a little bit better today, especially in FP3. We made a good improvement, although it was a lot harder this afternoon. I thought we could improve further and to be honest, I think I could have done better, maybe squeezing out another two tenth, which would have put us in the top 20. But I was just riding around and my front was closing everywhere, so I kind of lost a little bit of confidence towards the end and all the fast laps I was doing were ruined by the front-end closing, but anyway, we’ve got a direction for tomorrow and we can do a strong race. For sure, we need a bit of luck on the first couple of laps, but I also needed luck to come here, so it will be fine.”


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 26th - Time: 1’45.089 - Laps: 19


Bo BendsneyderIt was a very difficult Qualifying because I was missing the feeling with the bike, on the front and the rear. So, we’ll check what we can do for tomorrow, but we’ll see how the weather is, if it’s a bit colder or hotter, which will make a huge difference. In comparison to FP3 this morning, I lost my feeling, which lead me to do many mistakes, therefore it was truly not easy today.

The Tech3 Racing duo Bo Bendsneyder and Remy Gardner initiated the seventh round of the 2018 Moto2 World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya cautiously today. While Bendsneyder finished day one only half a second behind the top 15, Gardner was sitting on his Mistral 610 again, just six weeks after his heavy training accident, ready to fight his way back. Following 37 intense laps the Australian found himself only 0.401 seconds behind his teammate. 


Bo Bendsneyder  

Position: 27th - Time: 1’45.381 - Laps: 40


Bo Bendsneyder“We made a good step in FP2, even if it was a bit hotter than in FP1 and most of the guys were struggling a little bit. Still, we improved the lap time and have been consistent. Just when we put the softer tyre in, we didn’t expect to get pushing from the rear and that we found more grip than with the harder tyre, so for tomorrow we need to focus on finding a good setup with the number three and I think then we can make another step. We are just one second from the top, it’s very close, but I don’t want to miss it again in Qualifying, therefore, now we have to focus on FP3 in order to be ready for Qualifying.”


Remy Gardner

Position: 29th - Time: 1’45.782 - Laps: 37


Hector GarzoThis was a pretty difficult day one. To be honest, I expected to be a bit faster, but everyone stepped up since I’ve been away. One second off before and you were in the top 20, one second now and you’re 22nd. I still have a bit of pain in my legs and was suffering at the end of the sessions with my fitness obviously. I guess this gives me a long weekend, but anyway, it’s good to be back and to be riding again. I think it was a good decision to return and starting the process of getting back on it. At the moment I just need more time, more laps and we just keep working for Sunday.

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