Drama for Bendsneyder in Japan

As soon as the red lights went out for the Grand Prix of Japan, Remy Gardner came off the line well. The talented Australian was fighting in a very competitive group for 22 long and hot laps to eventually end up in 16th place, but was upgraded to P15 following a disqualification. On the other side, Bo Bendsneyder was gritting his teeth from the start on, he was fighting hard, but struggling to find a decent pace, until his engine broke on the last lap, whereby the Dutch rookie suffered an open fracture to his left tibia. Bendsneyder is already in the hospital for further checks and has to undergo surgery.

Hervé PONCHARAL – Team Manager:

“At first, before we say anything about the Tech3 Moto2 race, I would like to say that I’m deeply sad and concerned about what happened to Bo. In the very last lap of the race, his engine broke and a part of the engine has been flying out and hit his left leg and the result was apparently what the medical report told us, before he was airlifted to the local hospital, an open fracture of his left tibia, which is a big shame. There is nothing he could do, he didn’t even crash, but just parked the bike and was in a lot of pain to find out that his left tibia was broken. Unbelievable, unlucky accident and I’m just hoping we can have Bo back before the end of the year. There is nothing we can say about that, except that this is maybe the unluckiest thing that can ever happen to a rider, so we hope it’s going to be fixed quickly and he can fly back home, recover and rest as soon as possible. We wish him a speedy recovery! It’s a bad moment to have that happen because it’s the first of three back to back flyaway races. It’s always a bad feeling, we have to pack everything and fly out to Australia and one of us is staying here. It’s not the way, we like to handle the situation and care about our rider, so I really hope that there will come better days in the near future for Bo. Anyway, after the great result of Buriram we were expecting another strong race here in Motegi. We remembered last year, when Xavi Vierge was front row in the dry and ended up on the podium in full wet conditions, so we knew the Mistral 610 has always been quite fast and good here in Japan, but the level is so high, it’s extremely close. Remy did a good Qualifying, while Bo was a bit further down the grid. Remy got an ok start and was in a very strong group all race long, he never gave up and stayed there. But anyway, she was fighting with names like Aegerter and Pasini, which shows how though and competitive the whole class is. Clearly, Remy is riding well, he is pushing. It’s a pity we couldn’t make any point, but we are still positive about him, as he is improving as a rider. The next round is his home Grand Prix, which hopefully gives him an extra boost.”

Race results:

Pos Rider Team Time / Gap
1 Francesco BAGNAIA SKY Racing Team VR46 41’04.294
2 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Pons HP40 6.227
3 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Ajo 11.553
4 Alex MARQUEZ EG 0,0 Marc VDS 12.083
5 Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Ajo 12.348
6 Augusto FERNANDEZ Pons HP40 12.701
7 Xavi VIERGE Dynavolt Intact GP 13.652
8 Iker LECUONA Swiss Innovative Investors 13.811
9 Luca MARINI SKY Racing Team VR46 15.604
10 Marcel SCHROTTER Dynavolt Intact GP 17.556
11 Joan MIR EG 0,0 Marc VDS 19.221
12 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 19.811
13 Dominique AEGERTER Kiefer Racing 20.278
14 Mattia PASINI Italtrans Racing Team 23.091
15 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 Racing 24.468
16 Andrea LOCATELLI Italtrans Racing Team 24.622
17 Sam LOWES Swiss Innovative Investors 26.288
18 Joe ROBERTS NTS RW Racing GP 33.887
19 Steven ODENDAAL NTS RW Racing GP 34.074
20 Jesko RAFFIN SAG Team 34.303
21 Niki TUULI Petronas Sprinta Racing 37.458
22 Khairul Idham PAWI IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia 37.921
23 Edgar PONS MB Conveyors – Speed Up 42.570
24 Stefano MANZI Forward Racing Team 46.667
25 Jules DANILO Nashi Argan SAG Team 56.500
26 Isaac VIÑALES Forward Racing Team 59.659
27 Xavi CARDELUS Marinelli Snipers Team +1’07.065
Not Classified
Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 Racing 1 Lap
Jorge NAVARRO Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 9 Laps
Federico FULIGNI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 13 Laps
Simone CORSI Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 19 Laps
Fabio QUARTARARO MB Conveyors – Speed Up


Source: motogp.com, tech3 racing

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