Bendsneyder fights hard in first ever Moto2 race

Remy Gardner initiated the 2018 season with a great race after producing a mature ride to 12th at the Losail International Circuit today. The talented Australian launched forward from the fourth row on the grid and made up three places by the end of the first lap. Following a late brake on lap two he fell back, but was biting hard inside a very competitive group to eventually finish the 20 lap sprint well inside the points scoring ranges. Meanwhile, Bo Bendsneyder, who made his debut in the intermediate class, found himself in 25th position shortly after the red lights went out. The newcomer grit his teeth to make up one place after another and finally saw the chequered flag in 18th, plus missed out on what would have been well deserved first Moto2 points by just a whisker.
Bo Bendsneyder Position: 18th – Championship: 18th – Points: –
“The race itself was really difficult in the first stages, I was a bit too nervous and didn’t get a good feeling during the first laps, but after four, five laps I gained some time and step by step I was feeling better. I was catching the positions for the points, but I lost too much in the beginning. Finally, we learned where we need to improve during this race and that’s the start of the race. If we manage to make progress there, I think we can fight for some good positions.”
Herve PONCHARAL Team Manager
“It was a tough race, like all the Moto2 races, but I have to say that we were very excited to see Remy in the top group during the early part. Then he made a mistake, he missed his braking point in turn one, but he was back on track, has been fighting, kept up the pace and stayed with a really strong group. In the end, he managed to finish ahead of this strong group, he was in. Compared to last year, Remy has improved a lot, much more consistent and what makes me really happy is that he never gave up and has been fighting until the last lap. Good job, Remy, continue like this! I know, confidence is very important and I hope that this is something, that gave you this confidence. On the other side of the garage, we were expecting a lot from Bo and we were not disappointed. He was a bit tense, it was his first race in Moto2, so he didn’t know what to expect. The start was far from ideal, the first 8 to 10 laps were very slow and I think that he was just trying to understand. But from that moment, he was pushing like the top group. Every single lap, he was faster and faster and I think, when you see how he ended up the race, you can’t help thinking, that once he will have the rhythm from the beginning, for sure, Bo is a top 10 rider. We are not over the moon, but we’re happy. We finished the first race with a solid performance, both riders saw the chequered flag. Now, Bo needs more experience and clearly, he will feel more confident already in Argentina. Thanks to the Tech3 Moto2 Racing team, they did an amazing job. We are happy and sure, better things are coming.”
Race result:
1 Francesco BAGNAIA SKY Racing Team VR46 40’19.802
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Pons HP40 +0.112
3 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 5.625
4 Mattia PASINI Italtrans Racing Team 6.657
5 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Ajo 10,296
6 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 10.344
7 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 11.419
8 Xavi VIERGE Dynavolt Intact GP 11.516
9 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 20.690
10 Jorge NAVARRO Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 20.961
11 Joan MIR EG 0,0 Marc VDS 23.025
12 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 Racing 30.292
13 Hector BARBERA Pons HP40 30.299
14 Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 30.732
15 Dominique AEGERTER Kiefer Racing 30.870
16 Isaac VIÑALES SAG Team 31.052
17 Danny KENT Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing 31.958
18 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 Racing 32.382
19 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 35.228
20 Fabio QUARTARARO Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing 35.357
21 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 35.969
22 Steven ODENDAAL NTS RW Racing GP 42.545
23 Khairul Idham PAWI IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 42.776
24 Romano FENATI Marinelli Snipers Team 44.562
25 Joe ROBERTS NTS RW Racing GP 56.077
26 Stefano MANZI Forward Racing Team +1’01.581
27 Jules DANILO Nashi Argan SAG Team +1’01.853
28 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN SIC Racing Team +1’11.618
29 Federico FULIGNI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 +1’20.148
30 Eric GRANADO Forward Racing Team +1’26.192
Not classified:
Sam LOWES Swiss Innovative Investors 10 Laps
Iker LECUONA Swiss Innovative Investors 13 Laps
Source:, tech3 racing

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