Tech3 Racing team’s Remy Gardner was well in the fight for the podium in front of his Australian home crowd, but couldn’t avoid a crash halfway through the race.

After a stunning start the local hero stormed from P15 to 11th position and was fighting through the pack, passing the championship leading duo and made his way towards the front until he reached P6, well placed fighting for more, but didn’t get the chance to demonstrate his full potential.

Meanwhile, Bryan Staring collected a lot of experiences during his first ever Moto2 race. The Australian, who jumped in for the injured Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, did consistent 25 laps, trying to stick with the guys in front. With a strong effort he eventually ended up in 21st place.


Bryan Staring

Position: 21st – Championship: 39th – Points: -


Gardner - 2018"A big thank you to the Tech3 team for having me during the weekend. It’s been a really enjoyable experience and very educational for me as well. I’m pretty disappointed with the race, to be honest, because I couldn’t get anything extra out of me. I lost contact with the group early and I wasn’t particularly comfortable with a full fuel tank in the early stages and I never really recovered from that. Anyway, overall, I learned a lot, I had fun and yet again, thank you to the team for having me


 

Remy Gardner    

Position: DNF – Championship: 19th – Points: 28

 


Bendsneyder - 2018Phillip Island was definitely one of the tracks, where our Mistral 610 was working really well. Unfortunately, it just didn’t pay off in the end. I just went into the corner normally and didn’t want to try anything, but Mir was breaking hard mid-corner, which I just didn’t expect, so I went off. I’m really disappointed, because I’m sure that I could have fought for the podium, which would have been amazing for my home race. I’m really sorry to all my fans here!” 


 

Hervé PONCHARAL

Team Manager


It was a great disappointment, because for sure with Argentina this was Remy’s best ever race and I think it was even stronger than Argentina, because it was on full dry tarmac and he was there. He has been closing on the leading group and he was with them. He looked quite comfortable from what we could see on screen. He was passing quite a few guys in that group, big names, and we were just keeping our fingers crossed that things could stay like that until the end. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It’s a big disappointment, because it was a great show. We are not very often in this group. In UK we couldn’t race, where the podium was a possibility after the second place in Qualifying and here, there was a possibility of a podium for sure. It’s not happening very often to us that we find ourselves in a position, where we can dream of a podium and it was a possible dream. I’m very sorry about that and very sad, but on the other hand I want to thank Remy and the whole team. Remy and the bike, they are fast and we have to take that as a positive. I know it’s the end of the adventure with the Moto2 Honda engine, but still, it’s good to be there. For sure, I would also like to thank a lot Bryan Staring for what he did for us. He jumped in a plane from Perth, which is a long way from Melbourne, arrived here and started to work with us, which is a brand new world for him. To jump on a Moto2 machine without any test before is for sure a though mission, but I think he did really well. He didn’t do any mistake, although he was disappointed with himself, because when you see the position, you always expect better and this is a guy that is used to win or be on the podium, so it was not easy for him. But I think he did well and I would like to thank him a lot, because he’s been a lot better than what he thinks he’s been and I know it’s a difficult mission, so don’t be disappointed Bryan, you did a great job. We enjoyed having you with us, the whole team enjoyed working with you and hopefully we see you again one day. Now we have to pack for Malaysia and hope for better luck there.

Tech3 Racing team’s Remy Gardner showed his promising talent on Saturday in Australia and qualified for the fifth row of the grid for his home Grand Prix tomorrow at 14.20 local time (5.20 CET). Following a though opening day, he rediscovered his confidence in FP3, plus was able to improve on his fastest lap by 0.828 seconds during Qualifying.

Likewise, Bryan Staring, who takes over Bo Bendsneyder’s Mistral 610 this weekend, performed well today, lowering his best lap from Friday by half a second this morning. Later on, the local hero put in some solid laps in Qualifying and is set to start the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix from row nine.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 15th– Time: 1’34.181 – Laps: 19


Remy Gardner“We kind of bounced back today from a pretty disastrous day yesterday. I woke up not feeling too bad. I feel like we could have put ourselves in top 10 in Qualifying, but I was struggling to find a toe on the last exit. I still think we’ve got a very good pace and I still believe we can be quite strong for tomorrow. I feel like it can be a truly fun race from P15.”


Bryan Staring  

Position27th– Time: 1’35.760 – Laps: 20


Bo Bendsneyder“Actually for the first time this weekend, I’m disappointed with my performance, only because it was Qualifying and I couldn’t manage to take a step forward with the lap time. But also fro what ever reason, which we don’t understand yet, I had a lot of chatter in the front of the bike for the final run, so that didn’t help the situation in fact. Anyway, with other than chatter we’ve got the bike to the best it’s been to me all weekend and I really enjoyed working with the guys that worked hard for me. I’m disappointed with the performance, but the race is tomorrow. We’ve still got a Warm Up to take home yet and see what we can do.

Remy Gardner was able to build some confidence in FP2 this afternoon at the amazing Phillip Island circuit, after he didn’t get the home Grand Prix start he was hoping for this morning. Since the Tech3 Racing team rider crashed on his second lap of the first session, but luckily escaped with no severe harm and was back on the bike this afternoon.

On the other side of the garage, Bryan Staring, who replaces injured Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, delivered a strong start riding a Moto2 machine for the first time in his life this morning. The Australian did well to improve consistently during the first Free Practice, but unluckily got caught out early in FP2. However, Staring came away with some bruises, though he stays confident ahead of day two.


Remy Gardner  

Position: 27th– Time: 1’35.298 – Laps: 14


Remy GardnerI had a massive crash in FP1, which wasn’t fun and definitely knocked some confidence out of me. But we got back for FP2, where I just felt a bit stiff on the bike. Hopefully tonight it’s healing up a bit more and I’m definitely coming back tomorrow attacking. I feel we just need to get back and keep working towards the race.”


Bryan Staring  

Position29th– Time: 1’36.455 – Laps: 21


Bo BendsneyderUnfortunately I did only three laps in FP2, but from this morning, we had a very positive session. I think we didn’t set the world on fire with the lap time, but I got to learn a lot about the bike and initial feelings on how to ride it. I’m sure we would have taken a good step forward in Free Practice two, but we didn’t get the opportunity. So, hopefully the bike is not too damaged and I don’t wake up too sore tomorrow, so I think we can still have a good weekend.

Following his unfortunate accident on the last lap of the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday, Bo Bendsneyder is still in Okubo Hospital Tokyo, where he gets the best possible treatment to his broken left tibia in order to return home within a short time to be able to recover and come back to competition soon. The entire Tech3 Racing team wants to wish Bo a speedy recovery.

For the Australian Grand Prix, the French squad was able to engage Bryan Staring to take over the Mistral 610 from the Dutch rookie. The Australian arrives with a wealth of experience from riding 125cc World Championship, MotoGP, World Supersport, World Superbike and the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship. Currently, the 31-year old is competing in the Australian Superbike series and eager to try a Moto2 machine for the first time.

Bryan Staring

“I’m really excited to come and ride Moto2, the first time for me ever in this category. Actually, it’s such an honour to be able to race at the Australian Grand Prix, which is my home GP. A massive thank you to Hervé Poncharal for giving me the opportunity on this special bike and also to Kawasaki Australia for allowing me to do this event. I have really no expectations, but a lot of anticipation. I’m looking forward to go out on the bike and enjoying the weekend!”

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