The Tech3 Racing team duo of Remy Gardner and Bo Bendsneyder qualified in 13th and 26th spot respectively, following a difficult opening day with changing weather conditions at the Twin Ring Motegi. Both are eager to fight in tomorrow’s 16th round of 2018 when the lights go out at 12.20 local time (5.20 CET).

Gardner was able to improve on his best lap from Friday significantly in FP3 this morning and lowered his time by further 1.096 seconds during Qualifying to eventually miss out on the top by just 0.746 seconds. Meanwhile, Bendsneyder had to learn a lot today, having his first full dry sessions at the Japanese venue. Thereby, the Dutch rookie qualified just one second behind his teammate. 


Remy Gardner  

Position: 13th - Time: 1’51.505 - Laps: 16


Remy Gardner“We had a good Qualifying today. I could probably go a bit faster on the first exit because the MotoGP rubber was on the track, but in the end we managed to improve by a tenth on my own, which is great. So, I definitely made progress in many corners and we feel quite strong. We made some bike changes and from FP3 to Qualifying I felt good, so I think we can be quite confident for tomorrow. Anyway, we still need to work in Warm Up and have a good race pace, but overall, I’m happy.”


Bo Bendsneyder  

Position26th - Time: 1’52.549 - Laps: 19


Bo Bendsneyder“To be honest, the Qualifying was really difficult for me today. After we didn’t have much useful time on track yesterday, I had to start today to get used to the feeling aboard the Mistral 610 at this circuit. In the session this afternoon, I didn’t find good sensations, therefore we are fir sure not, where we know we can be. We’ll work through it now and hopefully find some solutions for tomorrow. Anyway, I look forward to the race.

As soon as the red lights went out for the Grand Prix of Japan, Remy Gardner came off the line well. The talented Australian was fighting in a very competitive group for 22 long and hot laps to eventually end up in 16th place, but was upgraded to P15 following a disqualification.

On the other side, Bo Bendsneyder was gritting his teeth from the start on, he was fighting hard, but struggling to find a decent pace, until his engine broke on the last lap, whereby the Dutch rookie suffered an open fracture to his left tibia. Bendsneyder is already in the hospital for further checks and has to undergo surgery.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 15th - Championship: 18th - Points: 28


Remy Gardner“It has been a though day. Today in the race, I thought we can have a very strong race after the weekend as I felt quite strong in Qualifying and in Warm Up this morning. Therefore, I’m a bit disappointed. I had some rear grip issues right from the start, so we need to work this out. Honestly, it was not easy and it was a hard pill to swallow that we couldn’t get any points here. Anyway, we have to stay positive. It’s my home race next weekend, so we just look forward to that and try to bring home a good result for the home fans.”


Bo Bendsneyder  

Position: DNF - Championship: 27th - Points: 2


Bo Bendsneyder


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


“At first, before we say anything about the Tech3 Moto2 race, I would like to say that I’m deeply sad and concerned about what happened to Bo. In the very last lap of the race, his engine broke and a part of the engine has been flying out and hit his left leg and the result was apparently what the medical report told us, before he was airlifted to the local hospital, an open fracture of his left tibia, which is a big shame. There is nothing he could do, he didn’t even crash, but just parked the bike and was in a lot of pain to find out that his left tibia was broken. Unbelievable, unlucky accident and I’m just hoping we can have Bo back before the end of the year. There is nothing we can say about that, except that this is maybe the unluckiest thing that can ever happen to a rider, so we hope it’s going to be fixed quickly and he can fly back home, recover and rest as soon as possible. We wish him a speedy recovery! It’s a bad moment to have that happen because it’s the first of three back to back flyaway races. It’s always a bad feeling, we have to pack everything and fly out to Australia and one of us is staying here. It’s not the way, we like to handle the situation and care about our rider, so I really hope that there would come better days in the near future for Bo. Anyway, after the great result of Buriram we were expecting another strong race here in Motegi. We remembered last year, when Xavi Vierge was front row in the dry and ended up on the podium in full wet conditions, so we knew the Mistral 610 has always been quite fast and good here in Japan, but the level is so high, it’s extremely close. Remy did a good Qualifying, while Bo was a bit further down the grid. Remy got an ok start and was in a very strong group all race long, he never gave up and stayed there. But anyway, he was fighting with names like Aegerter and Pasini, which shows how though and competitive the whole class is. Clearly, Remy is riding well, he is pushing. It’s a pity we couldn’t make any point, but we are still positive about him, as he is improving as a rider. The next round is his home Grand Prix, which hopefully gives him an extra boost.”

Changing weather conditions made life hard for the Moto2 World Championship today. Nevertheless, the Tech3 Racing team duo seized a decent start to the 16th round of the 2018 season.

Although the track surface was far from ideal, Bo Bendsneyder went out in the last minutes of FP1 to improve the lap time he set earlier significantly, finishing in 15th position. Later on, the Dutch rookie was fighting again to learn the track, concluding Friday in P19. Meanwhile, Remy Gardner did just six quick laps this morning to emerge in eighth place. Following another mixed session this afternoon, the Australian ended up 0.034 seconds behind his teammate.


Bo Bensdneyder  

Position: 19th - Time: 1’53.984 - Laps: 21


Remy Gardner“Today was difficult with the weather, but finally we worked quite good in these conditions. We have to wait and see what will happen tomorrow. It looks like it could be similar, so we focussed a lot today to have a good setup for Saturday. In the end, I’m quite happy with the work we did, so let’s see what tomorrow will bring”


Remy Gardner 

Position20th - Time: 1’54.018 - Laps: 15


Bo Bendsneyder“We had very mixed conditions all day here, it was not really wet and not really dry, so it was not too exciting this morning. In FP2 it was starting to dry out in the beginning, we started with the harder tyres, but went to the soft by the middle of the session. I could only do one lap with them before it started to rain again, unfortunately. Anyway, we know what we need to do just from that single lap and found a bit of a direction, so I think we can be strong for the weekend. The position is definitely not where we want to be, but we’re confident for tomorrow.

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