Home time Grand Prix for Tech3 KTM Factory Racing
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing is entering a new racing week, and special as the entire crew prepares for the team’s home race in Le Mans, where the seventh round of the SHARK Grand Prix de France season will take place on May 13-15. The weekend is expected to be exciting for French motorcycle fans, as the Bugatti track will return to full power for the first time since 2019. The crowd will want to see La Crème de la Crème fight for victory on Sunday on a 4.2km layout.
Australian Remy Gardner was on the podium last season in Le Mans when he finished second in the Moto2 race, losing to teammate Raul Fernandez, who became the winner of the 2021 Moto2. This year, Remy will have high hopes for a good weekend after a tough Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez and then a test day that had to be stopped due to an accident, fortunately without serious consequences. The rookie has already finished twice in points this year, and will strive to do so for the third time on a lineup that should fit the KTM RC16 well. Raul Fernandez is expected to return to the track at the Grand Prix of Portugal and Spain this week, after an intensive process of restoring his right arm over the past few days. The Spaniard will be motivated by good results and lay out everything possible for the home race of his team.
The action will start, as usual, on Friday at 9:55 (GMT + 2) with the first free workout and then the second at 14:10, both for forty-five minutes. On Saturday, the action will resume with the third free practice at 9:55, after which qualifying applications will be determined. The final opportunity to train with FP4 will be at 1:30 p.m., before the qualifying sessions begin at 2:10 p.m. The French Grand Prix SHARK is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, at 14:00 local time, for twenty-seven laps.
Championship: 22nd place
“We are heading to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix with a few points that need to be improved after a day of trials in Jerez. I hope that the layout is more suitable for a motorcycle, so if we manage to take some steps, there is room for a good result. I am really looking forward to returning to the game on Friday in France, the home Grand Prix of my team. “
“First of all I would like to say a big thank you to the whole team of the Luis Banos Clinic who helped me with my hand. They did a great job to allow me to be 100% ready for the French Grand Prix. I feel much better, I am optimistic and ready to return to racing after two weekends. Also, Le Mans is the home Grand Prix for my team, so I really want to perform there. I have good memories of last season, so let’s see what we can do! ”
“After the tough Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team, we are all very excited to head to the famous Le Mans countries for the French Grand Prix, our home race. Remy Gardner comes from a difficult race during which he had to drive a motorcycle with only one wing, and he made great efforts despite the difficulties. Unfortunately, Raúl Fernandez was forced to miss the second race due to a right arm injury received in Portimao. I am sure that both beginners will be in shape and motivated for the weekend that awaits us in Le Mans. The Bugatti track offers a layout that can fit well with both the KTM RC16 and the riding styles of our riders.
The weather in Le Mans always adds spice, but this time it looks like we are set for a sunny week that will help our newbies continue to progress in the MotoGP category. Although we don’t have French racers this year, this Grand Prix is always special to us because it’s also a home race for some of our partners who have been supporting us for a while, including the Elf. This week will be of great interest to local and national media, especially the fact that we now have a French champion named Fabio Quartar. Johann Zarqa is also highly regarded by French fans. I hope we will have a great show for all these people who come to support us every year. ”