In a tough race at the MotorLand Aragon circuit Remy Gardner showed huge determination today. Following a start from P20 he had a strong battle to eventually come out in 19th. On the other side, Bo Bendsneyder was gritting his teeth as well during the very hot 21 laps Grand Prix and saw the chequered flag aboard his Mistral 610 machine in 25th position.

Now both, Gardner and Bendsneyder head to the four upcoming flyaway rounds - starting in Thailand - with high aims to score as many points as possible again before the Moto2 World Championship season finale in Valencia, Spain.


Remy Gardner

Position: 19th – Championship: 18th – Points: 24


Gardner - 2018This was a disappointing race. I just struggled all the weekend, but I did my best, was pushing hard. We were just a little bit lost, anyway I made a mistake in the last corner, gone to false neutral, went wide and so I lost two positions, but we just need to take what we’ve learned and trying to be better for the next one. I knew I when was coming here that it’s going to be a tough weekend, although it wasn’t for nothing. I think we’ve learned something and I hope we can benefit on the mistakes and not make them again in the future.”


 

Bo Bendsneyder    

Position: 25th – Championship: 30th – Points: -

 


Bendsneyder - 2018The race today has been really tough. To be honest, I didn’t find a good feeling on the bike, therefore I have to admit I just want to look forward now. I’m sorry to say that, but I can’t wait to arrive in Thailand. Let’s see what happens there.” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


Another strong weekend for Remy. I would like to see the glass half full, not half empty. Sure, our position is not what we are expecting and not what Remy is looking for. All weekend long it was difficult, but Remy never gave up, he pushed. In the race he recovered quite a few positions at the start and then he was in a fight with Steven Odendaal and Edgar Pons, doing good lap times after he lost a bit of time about two thirds of the race, but in the end, he was really fast and catching the guys in front of him, which is for me the most important. Remy is growing and he is having a very different attitude. He believes more in himself, he believes in the team of course. On a circuit, which has been difficult for us, he showed great determination and pushed until the very last lap. This is something that we have to congratulate him for. Of course, things should be easier at the next rounds, altough anyway, we are happy to work in a positive atmosphere and we need to carry on like that. Bo showed also some progress throughout the weekend. Sometimes he was faster than Remy, pushing him and in the race, he was clearly behind, but I think he also did some steps forward during the weekend, which is what we have to look for. We know that next year is going to be another challenge, but for now we still have to go a few more races within the Honda Moto2 era and we hope to end up the season on a positive note with our two guys pushing the whole weekend and having a smile on their face when they come back from the race.”

Tech3 Racing’s Remy Gardner started the second day of action at the MotorLand Aragón circuit with a positive FP3 before he showed a brave performance during Qualifying to go 0.814 seconds faster than in yesterday’s afternoon session. The fast Australian eventually ended up in P20 and has to tackle the 14thround of the 2018 season from the seventh row of the grid, while Bo Bendsneyder ended up six positions behind his team mate. The Moto2 rookie did a strong third Free Practice this morning, where he lowered his Friday’s best time significantly by 0.689 seconds to finish less than one second behind the top. In Qualifying the Dutch rider ran out of fresh tyres but is optimistic for tomorrow’s 21 laps race at 12.20 local time.


Remy Gardner 

Position: 20th- Time: 1’54.202 - Laps: 15


Remy GardnerWe’ve been struggling all weekend here. It’s a track we just don’t get on really well, we knew from last year. I did my best time here today, but it wasn’t enough. I definitely had the feeling to do even more here, especially on the first laps with the MotoGP rubber on the ground, but some riders need to think a bit more and not doing thoughtlessly passes on the first lap. Unfortunately, I couldn’t improve on the last exit, anyway, it’s clearly not the starting position we want but we’ll work hard for tomorrow and during the Warm Up to have a decent race.


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position26th- Time: 1’54.720- Laps: 17


Bo BendsneyderOverall, I’m not happy with my Qualifying. This morning we put a new tyre and we expected that we can do the lap time on the first exit, but finally people showed that it can also be done on the last exit, but we didn’t have tyres anymore. It was really hard, but I think our pace is not so bad. My feeling is quite good. We still need to improve some small things in the front but I’m looking forward to the race and will try to keep my pace.

Remy Gardner started Friday at the Aragón GP competitively, working on his pace at the demanding MotorLand. The talented Australian eventually finished day one 1.094 seconds from the top. Meanwhile Tech3 Racing team’s Bo Bendsneyde rwas trying to find a perfect feeling aboard the Mistral 610, concluding his first Moto2 day in Aragón just 0.325 seconds behind his teammate.


Remy Gardner 

Position: 21st - Time: 1’54.664 - Laps: 34


Remy Gardner“It has been a really difficult Friday. We got some issues to sort out for tomorrow. I still think we can have a strong weekend, we just have to work hard tonight and get everything ready for tomorrow. Anyway, it’s definitely a track we struggle with and maybe we have a tough weekend ahead of us. But I hope to pull it all together for Sunday and sort things out.


Bo Bendsneyder 

Position: 25th - Time: 1’54.989 - Laps: 34


Bo Bendsneyder“Today was quite tough, especially this morning. We didn’t have a good first practice, just some things happened and now in FP2 it was really hot. In the end we put the soft tyre, which didn’t lead to any advantage, but we kept continuing with the style. Unfortunately, it was pretty useless, but at least we know now that we have to work with the harder tyre for tomorrow and for Sunday. I know some points that I have to improve for myself, but especially the front of the bike needs to be more stable.

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