News 16 Oct 2017

Wet Japanese grand prix sees Gardner shine in tricky conditions

Youthful Tech 3 Racing rider records 12th place result at Motegi.

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Australian Moto2 contender Remy Gardner shone in the challenging at wet conditions on Sunday at Motegi’s grand prix in Japan, racing to 12th in the highly-competitive class.

The Tech 3 Racing rider qualified 19th before putting on a charge in the 15-lap affair, positioning himself right in a points paying position.

“It was a long hard race and I didn’t have my usual good feeling in the wet,” said Gardner. “I’m not sure why, maybe it was because in the race it rained harder than it had all weekend. The bike was moving around a lot and I didn’t have much grip on the front or the rear but I dug in and had a good fight with Schrotter on the final lap which I wasn’t going to lose.

“It’s good to be back in the points ahead of Phillip Island and with Xavi being on the podium it was a great day for the entire team. So well done to him. I’m looking forward to another good race in front of my home fans so see you all there.”

Gardner sits 19th in the standings as the Moto2 World Championship heads to Phillip Island this weekend for the Australian Motorcycle Gran Prix, where he’ll race in front of a home crowd.