Ups and downs for Tech3 Moto2 team at Phillip Island

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.

MotoGP Australia Moto Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner #87

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.

MotoGP Australia Moto Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner #87

Gardner was well placed and fighting for more, but didn’t get the chance to demonstrate his full potential. Remy’s fastest lap of the race was a 1m33.852, the sixth fastest time of any rider. 

MotoGP Australia Moto Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner #87

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 a consistent 25 laps, trying to stick with the guys in front. With a strong effort he eventually ended up in 21st place. Bryan’s fastest lap of the race was a 1m35.964.

MotoGP Australia Moto Bryan Staring
Bryan Staring #67

Herve 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.”

Bryan Staring – P21

“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.”

MotoGP Australia Moto Bryan Staring
Bryan Staring #67

Remy Gardner – DNF

“Phillip 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!”

MotoGP Australia Moto Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner #87

2018 Phillip Island Moto2 Results
Pos Rider Team Time
1. Binder B. Red Bull KTM Ajo 39:23.427
2. Mir J. Estrella Galicia Marc VDS +0.036
3. Vierge X. Dynavolt Intact GP +0.949
4. Fernandez A. Pons HP40 +0.957
5. Marini L. Sky Racing Team VR46 +1.767
6. Aegerter D. Kiefer Racing +2.482
7. Marquez A. Estrella Galicia Marc VDS +3.759
8. Raffin J. SAG Team +4.850
9. Schrotter M. Dynavolt Intact GP +6.250
10. Quartararo F. Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing +7.453
11. Oliveira M. Red Bull KTM Ajo +8.675
12. Bagnaia F. Sky Racing Team VR46 +9.725
13. Nagashima T. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia +9.787
14. Lowes S. SWI +11.209
15. Pons E. Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing +14.076
16. Pawi K. I. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia +15.350
17. Odendaal S. NTS RW Racing GP +15.396
18. Roberts J. NTS RW Racing GP +23.230
19. Corsi S. Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 +33.736
20. Locatelli A. Italtrans Racing Team +42.324
21. Staring B. Tech 3 Racing +52.297
22. Baldassarri L. Pons HP40 +1:03.888
DNF Cardelus X. Marinelli Snipers Team DNF
DNF Gardner R. Tech 3 Racing DNF
DNF Navarro J. Federal Oil Gresini DNF
DNF Lecuona I. SWI DNF
DNF Fuligni F. Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 DNF
DNF Danilo J. SAG Team DNF
DNF Vinales I. Forward Racing Team DNF
DNF Pasini M. Italtrans Racing Team DNF



2018 Moto2 Championship Standings
Pos Rider Team Points
1. Bagnaia Francesco Sky Racing Team VR46 288
2. Oliveira Miguel Red Bull KTM Ajo 252
3. Binder Brad Red Bull KTM Ajo 193
4. Baldassarri Lorenzo Pons HP40 152
5. Mir Joan Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2 149
6. Marquez Alex Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Team Moto2 148
7. Schrotter Marcel Dynavolt Intact GP 131
8. Vierge Xavi Dynavolt Intact GP 126
9. Marini Luca Sky Racing Team VR46 122
10. Quartararo Fabio Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing 117
11. Pasini Mattia Italtrans Racing Team 115
12. Lecuona Iker Swiss Innovative Investors 60
13. Navarro Jorge Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 55
14. Lowes Sam Swiss Innovative Investors 48
15. Corsi Simone Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 47
16. Locatelli Andrea Italtrans Racing Team 41
17. Aegerter Dominique Kiefer Racing 40
18. Fernandez Augusto Pons HP40 37
19. Gardner Remy Tech 3 Racing 29
20. Nagashima Tetsuta Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 23
21. Fenati Romano Marinelli Snipers Team 14
22. Barbera Hector Pons HP40 10
23. Raffin Jesko Garage Plus Interwetten 9
24. Manzi Stefano Forward Racing Team 8
25. Kent Danny Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing 8
26. Vinales Isaac Forward Racing Team 7
27. Roberts Joe NTS RW Racing GP 5
28. Bendsneyder Bo Tech 3 Racing 2
29. Pawi Khairul Idham Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 1
30. Pons Edgar Pons HP40 1
31. Odendaal Steven NTS RW Racing GP 1
32. Tuuli Niki SIC Racing Team 1
33. Warokorn Thitipong APH PTT The Pizza SAG 0
34. Granado Eric Forward Racing Team 0
35. Danilo Jules SAG Team 0
36. Garzo Hector Garzo H. 0
37. Tulovic Lukas Kiefer Racing 0
38. Fuligni Federico Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 0
39. Staring Bryan Go & Fun Honda Gresini 0
40. Cardelus Xavi Team Stylobike 0
41. Medina Alejandro SAG Team 0
42. Morais Sheridan Willirace Racing Team 0
43. Pratama Dimas Ekky Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 0
44. Perolari Corentin Promoto Sport 0
45. Khairuddin Zulfahmi SIC Racing Team 0
46. Tangre Cedric Yohan Moto Sport 0