Vierge and Gardner to lead Tech3 line up for 2017 campaign
The Tech3 Racing Moto2 team is pleased to announce that the exciting young duo of Xavi Vierge and Remy Gardner will ride the Mistral 610 Moto2 bikes in the 2017 World Championship.
Xavi Vierge will remain with the team for his second full time campaign as he looks to carry on his progression. The Spaniard made his debut on the world stage with Tech3 at the 10th round of the 2015 season after replacing Ricky Cardus. In the same year, he also fought in the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship, which he completed as the runner-up after narrowly missing out on the title. After pushing non-stop so far in 2016, Vierge clinched his best finish of 12th in the Czech Republic as he continues to gather more experience. Next year, he fully intends to fulfil his promise by competing for top tier results.
Meanwhile, Remy Gardner will join forces with Vierge in the Tech3 Racing Team pit box where he will complete his first full season in the intermediate class. The young Australian began his motorsport career by competing in motocross and enduro competitions at the age of ten in his homeland. After successfully challenging in the domestic leagues in Australia, he relocated to Spain to race in the Spanish FIM CEV International league from 2013 onwards. Two years later he made his debut in the Moto3 World Championship with the highlight being 10th at his home Grand Prix. However, he outgrew the lightweight bikes and subsequently, the 18-year-old was brought in at the Catalan Grand Prix in 2016, to replace Alessandro Tonnucci. Here, he seized his first Moto2 championship point on his debut. The Tech3 Racing Team warmly welcomes the promising Australian, with the target being to fight to some impressive finishes.
“I’m very happy to announce that I am staying with Tech3 for another year. I started the world championship with this team and at every race, I have improved my riding style and the crew has also advanced with me. I like this squad a lot because they are like my family. This is very positive for me and even more so for next year because, in racing there can be some tricky weekends but with the team being so close to me, it makes things easier to handle and I feel that this is the best place to be. I have to progress more in 2017 because it will be my second full season in the World Championship and with Tech3. I believe in the guys and they do in me so we are both pushing hard to reach our goals. I have to say thank you to Tech3 Racing and the sponsors for continuing to support me.”
“I am really excited to announce that I have signed with Hervé and the Tech3 Racing Team for 2017. The Mistral 610 is different compared to what most other guys are riding in Moto2 but everyone is looking for that extra edge now. When I watch the bike out on the track, I can see that it has very good potential so I’m delighted to have signed, plus I can’t wait for next season and to start the progress of developing the project further. From an outsiders perspective, it looks like the team is very structured and in all honesty, I couldn’t be any happier about joining Tech3.”
“I am extremely pleased to announce the 2017 Tech3 Racing Team line up. First of all, we are really proud to have retained Xavi Vierge for another year. Together, we finished second in the Spanish CEV championship in 2015, but furthermore, he has had a strong rookie campaign so far, and I believe the best is yet to come. In addition, we were very impressed by him when he set the fourth fastest lap time at the Czech Grand Prix, and furthermore, it was great news when he told us that he wanted to stay. I am also delighted about our second rider for 2017. Wayne Gardner and I have a long history together and we have been friends for many years, so it’s an incredible pleasure to have his son, Remy join our project. I think he is one of the hottest young talents that is coming through the ranks and he has a bright future ahead of him. Hopefully, we can help him grow and I am sure we can achieve success together. I think we will have a very exciting partnership, with two young riders who are keen to race each other. I have to thank both of them for trusting us and hopefully we will see the first good result when we start testing after the season finale. Also, I want to say thanks to the whole Tech3 Moto2 team for their hard work, and say welcome to Remy, plus welcome back to Xavi for 2017 where for sure, we will have some great times together.”