Mixed weather conditions determined the opening day at the Sepang International Circuit, which saw Tech3 Racing team‘s Remy Gardner performing very strong. The fast Australian got off a great start in FP1 this morning and improved significantly during the second session to conclude day one just 0.716 seconds behind the top in P9.

On the other side of the garage, Bo Bendsneyder‘s replacement rider Dimas Ekky Pratama got a first taste of the Malaysian circuit aboard the French team‘s Mistral 610. The Indonesian did well to lower his lap time by incredible 1.933 seconds from the first to the second Free Practice and is eager to go even faster in FP3 tomorrow at 9.55 local time (2.55 CET).

Remy Gardner  

Position: 9th – Time: 2’07.644 – Laps: 33

Remy Gardner“It has been a pretty good day here. This morning it was still patchy when we went out, but we put the slick in when there was still some water on track and we ended up seventh, which was quite decent. Before FP2 it was raining, so everyone went out with wet tyres and of course we did the same, but the track was completely dry after it dried up in just some seconds. We came back in, put some old slicks back in, did a run and improved on our time from this morning. At the end, we put in the soft tyre and made a big step forward. We still need a bigger jump for tomorrow, but I think we’re on the right track after a good start. We just have to see how the weather plays out.”

Dimas Ekky Pratama  

Position: 28th – Time: 2’09.665 – Laps: 30

Bo Bendsneyder“I had a good experience with the Tech3 Racing team today. The Mistral 610 is a different bike than I use in the FIM CEV, which is a huge challenge. In FP1 we found tricky conditions, as it was half wet and half dry, but anyway, I tried to adapt as quick as possible. I thought, I needed to improve something, which I tried in FP2 later and it worked out. Anyway, I think, we still have some work to do and I need to work on some other things tomorrow. I think I will enjoy it and make another step for the third practice on Saturday and the Qualifying later.


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