Gardner and Fernandez fast and competitive in Qatar20/03/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders complete a positive second day of the Official Test at the Losail International Circuit.
High winds at the Losail International Circuit caused problems for the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo on the second day of the Official Test in Qatar. However, Remy Gardner showed that he is one of the form riders of the moment, setting the fourth fastest time of the day, just 6 thousandths of a second off the top spot. Teammate Raul Fernandez continued his rapid adaptation to the Moto2 bike and finished eighth overall.
The vast majority of riders did not take to the track in the first session of the day, instead waiting for conditions to improve. At midday, Gardner was the pacesetter with a 2:00.686 time, in a practice in which he racked up 13 laps. Fernandez was just one tenth behind his teammate after stopping the clock at 2:00.837. The Spaniard was fourth, and once again confirmed his good feeling on a Moto2 bike. He dedicated his 8 laps to consolidating his knowledge of the intermediate class.
In the afternoon, both Gardner and Fernandez took a noticeable step forward, with their best times of the test so far. The former was 6 thousandths of a second off the top spot thanks to his 1:58.894, which earned him fourth in the session and overall. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider put in 24 laps in the practice, one more than his teammate. Fernandez was eighth on Saturday through his 1:59.204.
Tomorrow, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 pair will have three sessions in which to finish their preparations for the first race of the year, which takes place in Qatar next week.
DAY 2 – COMBINED SESSIONS
1. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) 1:58.832
2. Aron Canet (Boscoscuro) 1:58.858 +0.026
3. Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) 1:58.888 +0.056
4. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.894 +0.062
5. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:58.900 +0.068
8. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:59.204 +0.372
#87 Remy Gardner
“We had another positive day of testing in Qatar today. In the morning, there was a lot of wind, so we couldn’t ride much. Even so, we were able to try something out. In the afternoon, the conditions improved, and we did a positive job. We set the fourth fastest time, but were only a few thousandths off the top. I’m very happy with the pace we showed, as we are definitely on the right track. Once again, I want to thank the team. We still have one more day in which we will push to the fullest.”
#25 Raul Fernandez
“I’m very happy with how the day went. The experience of the team has been key to my adaptation to the new class. I want to thank everyone for the work they are doing.
Today we were able to do a few laps, because in the morning it was quite windy, but I’m satisfied with the sessions we had. However, we have to keep our feet on the ground and continue taking steps forward progressively, as we are still adapting to Moto2.”