Starting from the ninth row of the grid, Bo Bendsneyder was fighting hard in today’s Austrian GP in Spielberg. The Dutch rookie lost some positions at the start of the race and found himself in 31st after the first lap but bounced back step by step and made up one position by another. At the end of 25 intense and hot laps, Bendsneyder finally saw the chequered flag in 22nd.

Following an excellent Saturday, Remy Gardner started the day well with a fine 12th position in Warm Up, missing out on the top of the ultra-competitive Moto2 field by just 0.484 seconds and was highly motivated for a great race. Unfortunately, the young Australian was pushing too hard on the fourth lap to catch up with the riders in front of him and eventually crashed out.

Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 22nd – Championship: 29th – Points: -

Gardner - 2018For sure, it has been one of the hardest race I ever did, especially in Moto2 but we knew before that it will be tough, especially because of the rainy conditions we didn’t have too much time on the dry. It’s the same for everybody, but for me it was the first time on this track with this bike. To be honest, we struggled a lot, also this weekend it was quite hectic in any respect, so I want to apologize to my team that I probably haven’t been the same like normal. Anyway, we keep working and take the positive and the negative experiences from here with us to the next race in Silverstone. We keep improving and for sure, we will come back stronger.


Remy Gardner   

Position: DNF – Championship: 18th – Points: 20

Bendsneyder - 2018That hasn’t been the race day we were expecting. I had a good start but got hold up on the first two laps. There was a big crash in front of me and afterwards I was just pushing really hard to try to catch the guys and lost the front into turn seven. I was just trying, not a good way to end a positive race weekend. Let’s hope Silverstone brings more.” 



Team Manager

That was a sad end to a weekend that could have been very positive, even the best after the Argentinean Grand Prix. We were very proud of Remy leading the way in FP3, having a string Qualifying in 11th. The start was ok, he could see it was really hot in the group he was in, there were a lot of touches, crashes and before the race I told him not to get too excited and that’s what he did. You have to understand the length of a Grand Prix, you have to cope with the pressure and you always have to bring home what you can. To finish the race is the main lesson. Remy is still a young rider and still has to learn. It’s disappointing, I’m not angry, I’m just sad because this was a good opportunity this weekend to show what he can do. He did in practice, but not in the race, so I just hope Silverstone will be good as well. For Bo it has been another tough weekend, in Qualifying and race he has been quite far from the front and from his teammate, which is difficult to understand. I think he should keep his positive feeling, he needs to fight. It’s a tough time of the season for him and a tough time for his career, but if he wants to bounce back he needs to show determination and aggressivity. We are here to help him and to help Remy, so hopefully things will be better for the British GP.”

Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner found back to a fantastic rhythm today in Spielberg. After superbly leading the first session of the day in difficult conditions this morning, the young Australian performed impressively in Qualifying to conquer 11th position and therefore a start from the fourth row for tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix at 12.20 local time.

On the other side of the garage, Bo Bendsneyder did well with mixed weather this morning and improved on his fastest time from Friday by 0.890 seconds during Qualifying. The Dutch Moto2 rookie eventually finished one second behind his teammate and is ready to fight on Sunday from the ninth row of the grid.

Remy Gardner 

Position: 11th- Time: 1’30.195 - Laps: 22

Remy GardnerThis has been a pretty great day. In FP3 I ended up on top in the wet and it was good fun. Then it dried up for Qualifying and to be honest, I was a bit nervous because we weren’t so good in the dry before. But we had a direction and found a solution. On the first exit I didn’t get a great run and I knew inside myself that I could improve, so the last run we went out, did a decent lap time, really close to P3 and I ended up eleventh, which is not too bad. I think we can have a strong race tomorrow.

Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 27th- Time: 1’31.132- Laps: 22

Bo Bendsneyder“Today has been really difficult, I think this was one of my toughest Qualifyings. We didn’t really have time to set up the bike, as we only had one dry session but even there I didn’t have a good feeling, so I knew it’s not going to be easy. Finally, it truly doesn’t look ideal, I didn’t feel well with the bike, so hopefully we can find something for tomorrow and have a good pace, plus making up some places during the race.

The Austrian Grand Prix started today with one dry and one wet Free Practice. Thereby,Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner initiated the morning with some decent laps, missing out on the top by just one second, before he did really well in the rainy afternoon session and eventually ended up in fourth position.

On the other hand, Bo Bendsneyder concluded FP1 just 0.547 seconds behind his teammate. The Dutch rookie was set to improve on his fastest lap, but the rain stopped his progression in the second Free Practice this afternoon, which he finished in 21st place. Now both, Bendsneyder and Gardner hope to get another dry chance in tomorrow’s FP3 at 10.55 local time.

Remy Gardner 

Position: 24th- Time: 1’31.475 - Laps: 31

Remy GardnerWe struggled a bit in the dry, but we found the direction we need. Hopefully we can have a dry FP3 to be better prepared in the race as I think we can be strong in the dry. In the rain, we’ve been good. In the beginning the conditions were quite ok, but then the rain got heavier, so it was a lot harder to go fast and a lot riskier. Anyway, in the rain I have confidence, but we need it to dry to be set better in the race.

Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 28th- Time: 1’32.022- Laps: 36


Bo BendsneyderFP1 was quite difficult, we struggled a lot. Our gearing was too long, so we wanted to change it for FP2, but then it was wet. Let’s hope for some more dry time tomorrow to try it. In the wet my feeling was quite good, but in the end, there was a lot of water on the track and I didn’t want to take the risk to make any damage on the bike or myself. Overall, I think it was not our best day, but we collected a lot of information, which we now need to convert to some strong lap times tomorrow.


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