Tech3 Racing rider Bo Bendsneyder showed his home fans his best ever Moto2 race today. The local hero did an incredible strong second half of the Dutch Grand Prix, making up one position by another while moving from P24 on the grid to P14, which would have meant his first ever intermediate class points. Although, the Moto2 rookie had to accept a 1.4 seconds penalty after swinging off the track at the beginning of the race.

On the other side, Remy Gardner did some fantastic first laps and carved out a way close to the points scoring positions, following a start from P18. Unfortunately, the fast Australian lost some positions, struggling slightly to keep the fast pace of the very competitive riders in front to eventually end up in 18th. Yet, Gardner is eagerly awaiting the upcoming ninth round of the championship in just 12 days’ time at the Sachsenring in Germany.


Bo Bendsneyder

Position: 17th – Championship: 29th – Points: -


Gardner - 2018“In the beginning it was really tough because the rear was sliding from the first laps on. To do the 39’ low, I had to push a lot and also physically it was very hard to control the bike. But I knew that my opponents would have the same struggle with losing grip in the end and I took the advantage to keep my pace. Step by step I overtook them and finally, I arrived in P14. Just with the penalty we miss out on the points again, but we showed that we can be there. Thanks to my guys!


 

Remy Gardner  

Position: 18th – Championship: 18th – Points: 15


Bendsneyder - 2018We had some really good first two days this weekend, but a truly difficult race. The first three laps I was doing not too bad until something happened. It felt like the tyre went off and I’ve had unbelievable chatter, which we never had the whole weekend. I was losing the front everywhere and just had no confidence. It was hard to just bring the bike home, which is pretty disappointing at the end of such a strong weekend. There is not much more to say, all we need to do now is looking forward to Sachsenring” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


It has been a tough weekend for Tech3 Moto2 Racing, although everybody worked hard, tried hard and did quite a good job all through the weekend. The pace was really high for the whole grid. The gap was very small, everything was so close. In the end, Remy faded in the second part of the race. On the other hand, Bo made a really strong second part of the race, passing quite a lot of fast riders and having a great rhythm. Unfortunately, I think he cut the chicane and he had a 1.4 seconds penalty, which took him from 14 to 17, which is a pity, because this could have been his first ever Moto2 points. Anyway, I want to thank both, Bo and Remy for their hard work. They pushed and we know very well that it’s not easy to be inside the top 15, but this is going to give some confidence to Bo and hopefully Remy will be in an even better physical condition after his heavy accident. Sachsenring is going to be the last race before the summer break and it would be a dream to have our two guys in the points before we go on vacation.”

The Tech3 Racing Team duo of Remy Gardner and Bo Bendsneyder experienced a diversified Qualifying at the TT Circuit Assen today, which was briefly interrupted by a red flag a few minutes before the end. Thereby, Gardner did well to lower his lap time by 1.247 seconds from Friday morning to eventually end up in P18 following some setup changes in the course of the session. On the other side, Bo Bendsneyder found a decent rhythm for tomorrow’s eighth race of 2018 starting at 12.20 local time. The Dutch rookie will launch his home Grand Prix aboard the Mistral 610 from the eighth row of the grid.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 18th- Time: 1’38.245 - Laps: 19


Remy GardnerIt was a pretty hectic and crazy Qualifying. I made a good decision this morning to stick with an old tyre in FP3 and work with that. The new rubber this afternoon was a big step forward. I did my fastest lap in the beginning on my own, which is another positive. Then we tried to sort out some issues but lost a bit on track and in the end, we went back to what we had. But after the red flag there were just three minutes to go, it was pretty hectic and riders have been everywhere, so it was impossible to get a clean lap. I think I could have improved a tenth or so behind somebody in the slipstream. 18thon the grid is not really good, but we are only six tenths from the front, which is quite crazy. We got a strong rhythm for the race, so I think we can have a decent one.


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 24th- Time: 1’38.715- Laps: 23

 


Bo BendsneyderWe improved the lap time quite a lot and stuck with a used tyre, with which I felt good. Afterwards we put in a new rubber and changed a bit on the bike, but it was worse. We were lucky that the red flag came, so we could make a difference again. On the last lap I was behind another rider, the bike felt really good, but the guy in front of me did quite many mistakes, so finally, the lap was not ideal. I think we can do a better lap time, but we need to look forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can score our first points.

For the first day of the eighth round in 2018, Remy Gardner, who just came back from injury two weeks ago, showed up with a solid performance. The Australian lapped the TT Circuit 40 times and lowered his best lap by 0.3 seconds from FP1 to FP2 this afternoon, although he struggled to find a good feeling with the softer tyre option. His Tech3 Racing teammate Bo Bendsneyder experienced similar matters. In front of his home crowd the Dutch rider concluded Friday just 0.603 seconds behind the top 10 and is eager to improve before the all-important Qualifying session tomorrow afternoon.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 21st - Time: 1’39.107 - Laps: 40


Remy GardnerI would have liked a bit more today, but with the 3-tyre we’ve been doing ok. I think we could have improved a little bit more, but we wanted to try the softer option and I thought we’d probably gain there. Yet, the bike was just not rideable with this. This is the first time, that we are in this situation, so this is a bit confusing. I mean with the number 3 tyre we are feeling pretty confident, so we’ll keep on working with this one for the rest of the weekend and I’m sure we can pull out a decent result tomorrow. We’ll work hard tonight and then giving it all tomorrow!


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 23rd - Time: 1’39.182 - Laps: 40


Bo BendsneyderFinally, the position is still not what we wanted, but it’s just one second and to the top 15 it’s only 0.3 seconds. Today we had some issues, so in the end it isn’t so bad. But still, we need a better place and try to find these small things to improve for tomorrow and show that we can be there.

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