Preview press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
MARTIN AND DIGGIA THINK BIG AHEAD OF TEXAS GP
Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 and their riders Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio are ready to tackle the third Grand Prix of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship, which takes place this weekend at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
The first two events of the year saw Martin being a regular visitor to the podium, with two third places and the third position in the title race. The young Spaniard now hopes to keep the momentum going at COTA, where he has never finished in the points before.
After the disappointing end to a promising race in Termas de Rio Hondo, where he was on the unlucky end of a collision started by a fellow-Italian opponent, Di Giannantonio is aiming to turn things around at the American venue, where he raced for the first time last year.
The opening free practice session of the Moto3 World Championship at COTA will get underway at 9:00 local time (GMT -5).
JORGE MARTIN #88
“Austin is a great track and I like it a lot, although I’m yet to show my true speed there. Our target is to have another great race weekend and to challenge for the win. We still need to improve a bit under braking, which is where we had the hardest time in Argentina: this will be the key for us in order to keep challenging for honours.”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“Obviously this is not the type of start to the season I was looking for, so that’s why it’s even more important for me to do well in Texas. I’m very motivated and looking for revenge, so the goal is to be consistently at the sharp-end of the field throughout the weekend. I like the track: last year I almost took my first world championship point there, while this year we’re clearly looking for much more!”
NAVARRO LOOKING FOR MORE IMPROVEMENT IN TEXAS
Austin’s Circuit of Americas will host this weekend the third racing weekend of the Moto2 World Championship, the last one before the European part of the season gets underway. Jorge Navarro and Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 arrive to Texas with the goal to continue improving their performance and results.
After securing his first Moto2 Championship point two weekends ago in Argentina, the young series rookie from Spain hopes for a big step forward on a track that saw him taking second place both on the grid and in the Moto3 race last year, in order to continue his learning curve in the championship.
With some relaxing time in Bueinos Aires and some good fun at Colin Edwards’s Boot Camp, Navarro is now ready to start the weekend with the first free practice of the middleweight class of MotoGP, which is scheduled for Friday at 10:55 local time (GMT -5).
JORGE NAVARRO #9
“We were able to take a few days off between Argentina and Texas. We were in Buenos Aires sightseeing and visiting some family. Now I’m in Austin already: I had the chance to visit my friend Colin Edwards’s Boot Camp and now I’m ready to take on the American Grand Prix. This is a track I really like and I think we can do very well here. The feeling with my Kalex is improving each time out so I’m confident we will be able to make another step forward in Texas.”
Bastianini and Canet move on to Texas for Round 3
After the Easter holidays, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders head back across the Atlantic for the third Moto3 race of the season, in Austin, USA.
The Moto3 World Championship makes its next stop this weekend, with a visit to the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The round is the only event held in the USA this season, and a chance for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders to add to their points tally for the season.
Following a bittersweet Argentinian GP a fortnight ago, Aron Canet is motivated to show his progress at a track where he qualified 22nd on the grid last season. In the race, he managed to gain more than ten places and fight with a much more experienced group of riders up towards the front of the field. The Spaniard was seventh and able to have a strong race on his maiden visit to the track, onboard his Honda NSF250RW, and he hopes to use his familiarity with the circuit to his advantage this weekend.
Enea Bastianini was on the front row in Austin in 2016, qualifying third for the US event. The Italian finished the 18-lap contest in sixth place. This weekend he aims to pick up his first points since joining the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team at the start of the season.
The action in Austin begins on Friday for the Moto3 riders, who have a first practice session at 9 a.m. local time.
21st in the overall standings
“I feel that we are making progress, step by step”
“The season hasn’t been easy so far, but I feel that we are making progress, step by step. I can’t wait to get to Austin and keep on working. The Circuit Of The Americas is not one of my favourite tracks, but it wasn’t bad for me last year: I managed to qualify third and placed sixth in the race. I hope to have the same good feeling in Texas that I had at the start of the race in Argentina.”
6th in the overall standings
“We come into the race with the desire to fight to the fullest”
“I can’t wait to start riding at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, because it is one of the tracks that I like the most on the entire calendar. I think that we come into the race with 100% motivation and energy, and with the desire to work hard and fight to the fullest.”
Third time's a charm?
McPhee gunning for the win in Texas
BTT looking to go one better at COTA
It was another stunner of a weekend in Argentina for the British Talent Team, as John McPhee took another P2 and kept the team's 100% podium record rolling. With momentum now at fever pitch, there's only one thing left to do - win. The next stop is the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas: Austin, TX and the lone star state.
The Circuit of the Americas is a spectacular, purpose-built ribbon of asphalt outside the metropolitan city of Austin, and first hosted the MotoGP™ paddock in 2013. 20 technical and varied corners – 11 left-handers and nine right – make up the 5.5km long track, with a longest straight of 1200m and some spectacular elevation changes.
McPhee is optimistic ahead of the event, with a solid record at COTA following a top ten in 2014 and a top six the season after. Now with two podiums out of two in 2017 and both having been battles for the win, the Scotsman is a man in form and a man on the charge - second in the Championship and only ten off the top.
McPhee and Moto3™ saddle up in Austin at 9:00 local time (GMT-5) on Friday for FP1, with the race set for 11:00 on Sunday.
John McPhee: “After a solid start to the season I'm really looking forward to the Circuit of the Americas! I've come straight to America and have had a few days to relax with friends. Now I'm at Colin Edwards' Texas Tornado boot camp and feeling fully re-charged for the weekend ahead - where I look forward to fighting for the win once again.”
Antonelli and Bendsneyder ready to take a step forward in Austin
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders arrive at the GP of The Americas with the desire for better results than in Argentina.
04/19/2017 - Circuit Of The Americas, Austin, USA
After spending a few days in the United States, Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder will conclude their trip Stateside this Sunday with the third round of the Moto3 season in Austin. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders are determined to have a good performance at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) after two tough rounds to start 2017. The current team World Champions in the class have good memories of the track, with one win –2014, through Jack Miller–, two further podiums –in 2013 with Luis Salom and 2016 with Brad Binder–, and a pole position from Miller in the four previous GPs of The Americas.
Contact from another rider prevented Antonelli from completing the race in Argentina. More comfortable every day with his KTM, the Italian has taken part in all of the five Moto3 races held in Austin. His best result there came two seasons ago, when he placed just off the podium with a fourth position.
For Bendsneyder, this weekend will be his second experience at the Circuit of The Americas. He placed 22nd there in his rookie season and now has a better knowledge of the track. The Dutchman hopes to get back the feeling with the bike that he had in preseason and at Round 1 in Qatar –in which he was one of the fastest riders in the class.
The Moto3 race in Austin will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, at 11:00am local time.
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"I really like the Circuit of The Americas. It's very fun. It is a very technical and very physical track; In fact, I would say that on a physical level it’s one of the most demanding on the entire calendar. In the last race in Argentina we took an important step forward, and we only missed out on a good result due to the incident in the race. We will try to continue on the same dynamic and get into the top positions here as well. I'm very happy to be able to ride at this track again, so I'm looking forward to starting Friday’s practice sessions."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"I can’t wait to start the GP of The Americas in Austin, after the tough weekend we had in Argentina. It did help us to learn a lot, however, and I think we are prepared to push hard again. We have to work hard to be as prepared as possible on Sunday at a very difficult circuit, with many corners and where it is easy to make mistakes. We'll see what lies ahead."
Miguel Oliveira arrives in Austin with ambition
After achieving the first Moto2 podium for KTM, the Portuguese rider will seek to continue his excellent form at the GP of The Americas. Joining him will be Ricky Cardus, replacing the injured Brad Binder.
04/19/2017 - Circuit of The Americas, Austin, USA
The Moto2 World Championship hits Austin this weekend for the third round of the year. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team arrive in their best form for the final round before the series moves on to Europe, thanks to Miguel Oliveira having taken both his and KTM’s first podium in the class at Termas de Rio Hondo. By his side will be KTM test rider Ricky Cardus, replacing the injured Brad Binder. The South African underwent surgery on his left forearm last Thursday, after a plate in his arm had been displaced before the race in Argentina.
Miguel Oliveira arrives in the US with the objective of continuing his strong start to the season, with a fourth and a second position from the opening rounds. The Portuguese has taken part in every edition of the Texan event since its inclusion on the calendar in 2013 -his best result a fifth place in the inaugural year with Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto3. Last year, in his rookie season in the intermediate class, he did not finish the race.
Ricky Cardus is KTM’s Moto2 test rider, and has previously replaced Binder at private preseason tests in Valencia. The Spaniard has participated in the Grand Prix of The Americas on three occasions, with a tenth place in 2014 his best result in the Moto2 class.
The GP of The Americas will follow a regular schedule, with the Moto2 race on Sunday at 12:20pm local time.
#88 Ricky Cardus
"I am very happy to be able to enjoy this opportunity, although I am sad that it comes about because of the injury to Brad Binder -a great rider and World Champion for whom I have a lot of respect. I wish him a speedy recovery. This weekend I have to take advantage of this GP to enjoy a bike that I know well. I know more or less where we can get the best out of it, and it has the potential to be in the top positions. I am taking this weekend as a few days in which to help the team, as I am one of the test riders and we must continue to evolve the bike. I will fight and do my best to get a good result. I want to thank the whole team at Ajo Motorsport, KTM and Red Bull for thinking of me. I’m looking forward to starting the GP already!"
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"After getting my first podium of the year in Argentina, we are very optimistic about this event in the United States. The Circuit of The Americas is a tough track where it is very difficult to make a difference. You need a very stable bike under braking, but also at the same time need it to be very agile in the first and third sectors. In Moto2 there is the possibility of using either first or second gear on some of the corners and this changes the way you ride. It is a circuit where in the past I have not achieved great results, but I hope to have the opportunity to turn this dynamic around this year. The team are working very well and we will try to continue in the same way, developing the bike and gathering new information. I'm confident of a good performance."
Championship leader Morbidelli keen to maintain perfect record in Austin
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider and current Moto2 Championship leader, Franco Morbidelli, heads to Austin for round three of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship keen to maintain his perfect score, after winning the opening two races of the season in spectacular style.
The 22-year-old Italian was victorious from pole position in Qatar and then held off a serious challenge from his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate, Álex Márquez, to make it two wins in as many races in Argentina.
COTA is a circuit at which the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider has struggled in the past, but Morbidelli is confident of a strong result this weekend as he looks to extend his 14-point lead over Tom Lüthi in the Moto2 World Championship standings.
Márquez heads to the United States of America looking to make amends for Argentina, where he crashed out of the race on the final lap while battling for the win with his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate.
The 20-year-old Spaniard is determined to bounce back in Texas with a good result and he is confident that if he can find the same form in free practice and qualifying as in Argentina then, once again, he can challenge for his first race win in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class this weekend.
"It's been a good start to the season with two wins from as many races, but now we head to Texas and the Circuit of The Americas, which is a track I've struggled at a little in the past. But this season we head there with more confidence and the knowledge that if we work in the same was as in Qatar and Argentina then we cam come away with a good result. I'm 100% motivated to defend my lead in the championship and I'm ready for whatever the weekend ahead can throw at us."
"Last year I had problems with arm pump in the race at Austin, but this year things are different. We head to Texas looking once again to fight for the win, after the disappointment of missing out on the podium in Argentina because of a last lap crash. We know now how we need to work during the weekend to put us in the strongest position for the race, so we need to ensure we continue in this way. I just need to stay focussed, put in a good qualifying performance like at the first two races and then push again in the race on Sunday. I'm confident we can do a good job here."
Forward Racing Team duo faces third round challenge in the Land of Liberty
Leaving South America behind them, the Forward Racing Team riders Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini head over to the United States this week in order to tackle the demanding Circuit Of The Americas for the third round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship, after already displaying excellent performances in Qatar and Argentina.
Baldassarri, who finished close to the podium last time out in Termas de Rio Hondo, arrives in Texas in a fine fourth position in the overall standings after the first two races of the year. Meanwhile Marini sits in seventh after his brave ride to sixth in Qatar and another solid points haul just a few days ago in Argentina.
After a short break the Forward Racing Team duo arrives highly motivated at the 5.516 km long circuit to bring home another strong result before the championship initiates the European events. The Grand Prix of the Americas kicks off this Friday with the first free practice session at 10:55 local time (17:55 CET).
“We had a few relaxing days in Mexico between Argentina and Texas, where I was able to recharge my batteries after the long trip to South America and the demanding weekend in Argentina. Yet, I didn’t just enjoy the beach, but was training hard as well in order to be well prepared for the next round. Now I feel more than ready to head to Austin, which is a truly tricky track and very different to others at the same time. It’s huge, there are many mixed corners, slow parts and fast ones, in general it’s very tough. It’s not easy to find the right lines immediately and get up to speed, therefore it’s vital to be 100% concentrated from the first practice on. As always, I will give my best and the team is highly determined to do well, so I’m convinced we will be able to display another great performance.”
“For me Austin is definitely a special place, even if the track is a very difficult one. Last year I struggled a bit there, but I’m sure the experience I gathered during the last twelve months will help me in order to be more competitive. I hope I can start the weekend with a good feeling on the bike as soon as the lights turn green on Friday. This is always a crucial point and without any doubt, we want to try to score another good result. The circuit itself got some really hard breaking zones and especially in the first part, there are many changes of direction. In addition, it’s physically quite demanding, therefore I tried to prepare myself in the best possible manner. Anyway, I’m sure I’m ready for the next challenge in Texas.”
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
“With Austin being the only venue in the United States of America in the calendar it’s even more special to compete there. The circuit and the facilities are amazing and ultramodern. So, we have fantastic conditions to perform at our best throughout the weekend. Yet, the track layout is not an easy one and Lorenzo and Luca will need to give their all to be competitive. Anyway, we are very excited to arrive at the Texan track as we can’t wait to meet all the fans there, which are always full of passion. Obviously, we aim to perform well in front of them, and as I can rely on my excellent crew, I don’t have any doubts about that. I want to point out, that all this is just possible because of the superb support of our sponsors, which I can’t thank enough for their allegiance.”
MotoGPTM circus stops off in America
Preview: America GP 2017
The squad of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT is traveling to the 3rd round of the 2017 campaign this week, racing in the “Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas”.
Having completed the first to races of the Moto3TM season, the team of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT is not fully satisfied with their results. After the tight qualifying the squad couldn´t achieve the result they wanted. After they missed out on the fights for their first championship points, the team has still some work to do. So, this weekend everyone starts highly motivated to get some more work done to achieve the goals they set for themselves.
To be well prepared for further tasks, both the riders of the squad did a lot of training during their race free week. Kornfeil stayed in Spain jetsurfing and cycling to work on his strength and stamina. Pulkkinen, who travelled to America right after the Argentina GP, hit the fitness studio to work on his physical fitness.
With a length of 5.5 kilometres the Circuit of the Americas is one of the longest tracks in the MotoGPTM calendar. Since 2013 the circuit in Austin, Texas is part of the FIM World Championship, observing the newest safety standards. The track itself is highly varied, holding fast straights and also narrow hairpin curves. The highlights of the circuit are the 41 metres of altitude difference and the incline at the end of the start-finish line followed by a sharp left.
Besides their excitement for motorsports, Austin is also well known for their music scene and countless pubs.
The weekend for the Moto3TM category will start on Friday with the First Free Practice at 9am local time (4pm german time). The race will be held on Sunday 11am local time (6pm german time).
#84 Jakub Kornfeil:
"Looking at the Austin GP I am in a positive mood. Compared to the first race in Qatar we made a step forward in Argentina and I think we can improve more. We were close to the top group so now we will be in Texas and work to close this gap further. Now we really have to fight for points. Last year I finished in 11th position, so I hope I can achieve a similar result. Our goal is to be in the Top 15 so we will fight. The team is working together very well so we are motivated to work harder. If we can show a better performance in the Qualifying I think we can also have a better result in the race.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen:
“I am looking forward to this next race. In Argentina, I could show quite a good performance and improve constantly, so I want to keep on working like that. In this race, I hope I can stay with a group and fight for positions. I have never raced here in Austin before, so it is another exciting weekend for me. My crew and me are working good together, so my goal is to improve in every session. The track looks quite difficult, but also really fast and has a cool layout. I like the variety so I am looking forward to race here.”
Grand Prix of the Americas: Preview
The third round of the season is starting for Romano Fenati and Jules Danilo at the Austin circuit, in Texas. The COTA is appreciated by both the riders of the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team who, in the previous editions of the Grand Prix, were protagonist of great results. Two podiums for Romano on this track, a second place in 2014 and a victory last year. While the ninth place got in 2016 by Jules represented for the French rider the beginning of a series of positive results.
Romano Fenati: "I like this track, I have great memories here. We really can do well, by focusing on the goal already from the first free practices ".
Jules Danilo: "I trained a lot in the last few days to get back in shape as, after the trip in Argentina, I lost more than 3 kilos. Now I am feeling good and I am looking forward to start riding here, at COTA, where last year I got a very good result".
STARS AND STRIPES WEEK FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46
At the start the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas: in Moto2, Bagnaia and Manzi are here for confirmations and steps forward. In Moto3, Migno and Bulega ready to close the gap to the strongest guys.
Austin (Texas, USA), April 20th, 2017 - The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, one of the most fascinating and challenging track of the season, will be the setting of the third race of the 2017 season for the riders of the SKY Racing Team VR46.
In Moto2, Francesco Bagnaia and Stefano Manzi are back at work on the setting for being ready for the long weekend on this difficult track. Pecco, who scored points on his debut in Qatar and he was in the Top10 in Argentina, is looking for confirmations, while Stefano is motivated to make another step foward to the full recovery.
In Moto3, for Andrea Migno, first Italian in the overall standings and one of the most competitive KTM riders, the goal is the continuity. Nicolò Bulega, after the race in Argentina, where he had a great performance in qualifying wants to back into the points.
ABOUT THE CIRCUIT
Length: 5.5 km
Left turns: 11
Right turns: 9
Longest straight: 1200 m
Moto3 race laps: 18
Moto3 race distance: 99.2 km
2016 Moto3 podium: Romano Fenati, Jorge Navarro, Brad Binder
Moto2 race laps: 19
Moto2 race distance: 104.7 km
2016 Moto2 podium: Alex Rins, Sam Lowes, Johann Zarco
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
Austin is definitely one of the most beautiful tracks of the Championship: hard, technical and demanding. In both categories, we expect a lot of work on the setting to better face the race. In Moto3, Andrea did a great job in Qatar and Argentina and he has to continue in this direction. Nicolò has to keep concentrated for achieving important points here. In Moto2, we are looking for confirmations, but at the same time, we want to make another step forward. Pecco can score another good result, while Stefano is reducing the gap.
In Rio Hondo we have made a good progresses on the setting and, during the race, we took some risks, but it was the key. I was able to better manage the rear tyre, I like the feeling with the bike and we have a good base for do our best in Austin.
Austin is the track where I made my debut in the World Championship in 2015, a difficult and challenging circuit where I rode also in the Rookies Cup. At Rio Hondo, overall, it was a good weekend and I’m looking forward to back on my Kalex.
We come from two positive results, but we have to keep concentrated. We did a great job with the whole Team and I'm improving every single sessions. In Rio Hondo we have made some important steps forward, and our goal is to continuing in the same direction at Austin, a very difficult and particular circuit.
It will be the second time for me in Texas. Last year, as a rookie, I was really close to the Top10 during the race, while this season the goal is to achieve important points for reduce the gap with the strongest guys.
The Leopard Racing Team arrives in the USA
After his extraordinary comeback in the second race of the season in Argentina, Championship leader Joan Mir and his teammate Livio Loi are preparing to face the Grand Prix of the Americas, both out for great results.
The third round of the 2017 World Championship sees the paddock remain on the American continent, moving from Argentina to Texas and onwards to CoTA. A charming track of 5.5 km long with 11 left-handers and nine rights.
The Leopard Racing Team is preparing to meet the challenge with high morale and the confidence to make a great result yet again. Joan Mir heads to round three as the Moto3 class leader after winning the first two races of 2017, in both Qatar and Argentina. Since Alex Rins in 2014, no other Spanish rider has been able to take back-to-back wins in the lightweight class.
The Palma de Mallorca talent must watch his back for the likes of John McPhee and Jorge Martin, with him on the podium in both races. One has to go back to the 1972 season to find a similar event where the podium was the same in the first two races. The Spaniard will also pay attention to Italian rivals, especially Romano Fenati who was second in 2014 and winner in Austin last year.
Livio Loi has a special feeling with the USA, having taken to the podium in 2015 (but on different track, then Indianapolis) and climbing to the top step. The Belgian arrives in Austin motivated and determined after his sixth place comeback at the Rio Hondo circuit. Loi takes comfort in Leopard’s past results. Danny Kent claiming pole position, victory and fastest lap for the squad in 2015. Can the new you Leopard Racing pair match the past results at CoTA?
KIEFER RACING GOES WILD WEST WITH AMBITOUS GOALS FOR THE US ROUND
This weekend’s Grand Prix of The Americas marks also the conclusion of an intensive opening stage with three races in oversea.
After an up and down weekend in Argentina last time, the German Moto2™ outfit is keen to make up ground during the series round three in the United States this weekend. Whereas Dominique Aegerter was able to collect two points at least, his team mate Danny Kent left Argentina with empty hands after the English rider crashed out of the race.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Kent from Wiltshire looks forward to the race weekend at the enormous Circuit of The Americas with mixed emotions. After his brilliant victory in his championship winning season back in 2015, Kent struggled to get grips with the Texan circuit after his move to Moto2™ category last year.
26-year-old Aegerter from Switzerland, on the other hand, feels in a much better mood, returning to the challenging to the Austin track because of the some more hard breaking nature of the circuit than it was the case in Qatar and Argentina during the two opening rounds. Beyond that, Aegerter is able to count on two fourth places to his tally as well as he finished third in Texas back in 2014.
The Grand Prix of The Americas is one of the younger events of the currently 18 races including championship calendar. For the first time, the series visited Texas in 2013. Over the course of one lap at the 5.5 kilometres long circuit, riders must deal with 20 corner to find the right line for fast lap times.
#52 Danny KENT, World Championship position 19 (3 points):
"During the Argentina Grand Prix last time, we experienced a weekend with some up and downs. Unfortunate, we left the series round two without any points after I crashed out of the race. Therefore, hopefully, we will be that stronger and that we’re able to report more success this time. At the first two races, we were able to show lots of potential but in the end, we weren’t able to bring home that strong results. For this weekend, the weather forecast doesn’t look so nice equally. Friday and Saturday, it might be raining but for Sunday, the weather should be fine with hot temperatures. Our Suter bike worked well in Qatar and Argentina, so it will be interesting how it works here in Austin at this challenging track."
#77 Dominique AEGERTER, World Championship position 14 (7 points):
"I’m vastly looking forward to Austin because this track suites my riding really well. Although the CoTA isn’t an easy circuit to get grips with, I always enjoy it a lot and I also was able to achieve some strong results here in the past. After very mixed conditions in Qatar and Argentina hopefully, the weather conditions will be good and stable for the whole weekend this time so we will have all practice sessions under the same conditions. I’m convinced about our potential that we are competitive as a team as well as in respect to our bike. But it is already long overdue that we show this in race that we’re able to race at the front. Last weekend, I participated in a race for the Swiss MX championship. This was, of course, a welcome change and to meet friends and colleagues from former days again too but meanwhile, I’m already in race mode for the weekend ahead of us."
Julian Simon to step in for Gardner at the Americas GP
The vastly experienced former Moto2 rider Julian Simon will compete on the Mistral 610 this weekend and replace the injured Remy Gardner who is recovering from recent surgery. The young Australian was unfortunately hit by another rider during the first lap of the Argentina GP, which resulted in him breaking his right ankle. On Tuesday, Gardner was successfully operated on and he now aims to make a comeback at Jerez, the first European Grand Prix of the season, which starts on the 5th of May. The Tech3 Racing Team wishes Remy Gardner a swift recovery and would like to welcome Julian Simon, the 2009 125cc World Champion, for the race weekend in Austin, Texas.
“I am very pleased about this opportunity to race with the Tech3 Racing Team this weekend so I must start by saying thanks to Hervé and all of the crew. I have seen the Mistral 610 on the track for many years and I am excited to sample the bike and get an impression of the chassis. I hope that Remy will return soon but this weekend I aim to enjoy the experience and help with the development, if possible. I will give my all to score a good result and I am really happy to race with Tech3 in Austin, Texas."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“As most people know, Remy had his operation on Tuesday, which went successfully, and Dr Mir and his crew are happy with what was undertaken. They have said that our rider will be 95% fit for Jerez and we look forward to having him back then. After the Argentina GP, we told Remy that there would not be a replacement rider unless Julian was available and he fully agreed with this. Now, we are happy to have Julian join us for the Americas GP because we have known each other for quite a few seasons and in the past, we even discussed the possibility of him joining our team as a full-time rider. He is a very talented and high-level Moto2 rider, but most importantly, he has raced in the intermediate class since 2010 and he has ridden almost every bike that has been available. We will be very interested to hear his comments and feedback, which will certainly help us to understand our machine more. In addition, this weekend we have the opportunity to work with someone who is not only a top rider but also a true gentleman. Good luck to Julian and we’ll do our best to support him. Furthermore, we can’t wait to see Remy again, and even though he has been unlucky so far in 2017, we know that he is going to surprise people and do some great things this year with us."