Seventh for Remy Gardner, DNF for Raul Fernandez in #EmiliaRomagnaGP
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 concluded a challenging weekend at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Sunday, with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race. Remy Gardner was seventh, having to deal with various issues in addition to serving a long lap penalty in the final part of the contest. Raul Fernandez made a fantastic fightback and chased down the leader, but crashed out on Lap 16 when in second place.
Gardner, who started from the fifth row of the grid, pushed to the fullest when the lights went out. Despite small issues that the Australian rider experienced during the race, he made a steady series of passes until he reached the seventh place. On Lap 17, due to an incident with another rider, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent had to complete a long lap that took him away from the frontrunners. Gardner finished the contest in seventh position, picking up some important points.
The race started well for Fernandez, who has managed to climb from ninth position on the grid to seventh on the opening lap. The Spaniard began to set a very strong pace, shaking off his rivals without much difficulty and, at the start of Lap 6, moved into second place. He did his best to hunt down the leader and succeeded, even going on to pass him. Unfortunately, Fernandez crashed in Turn 8 on Lap 16 when running in second position, thus ending his contest prematurely.
Gardner continues to lead the Moto2 World Championship with 280 points. Fernandez is second with 262. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will return in two weeks for the Algarve Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the season, on November 5th-7th.
“It has been a weekend with many ups and downs. In the end, we were lucky and we have taken some important points. However, we cannot afford to have more rounds like this if we want to fight for the championship. We decided on our tyre following the choice made by the rest of the grid, but unfortunately it didn’t work out so well for us and I was left behind in the group. In addition, we had an incident with another rider and we had to serve a long lap penalty. I’m sorry about what happened. From there I tried to fight back as fast as I could, and finally we finished seventh.”
“I want to apologise to the team for the crash. I wanted to win the race and I was not thinking about the championship. It was a strange incident, as I was very calm on the bike and I did not make any strange movements. I can’t quite understand what might have happened, so we will analyse it and make a note of it for the next round. Luckily, we still have two more chances to fight for good results before the end of the season.”