Gardner and Fernandez run it back at the second round in Qatar31/03/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders will try to repeat the good results of the opening round of the 2021 season when they contest the Doha Grand Prix.
The first round of the 2021 Moto2 World Championship ended with a podium finish for Remy Gardner and a surprising Top 5 for debutant Raul Fernandez. Just one week on, the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo return to the Losail International Circuit track for the second round of the year: the Doha Grand Prix. Both riders have been boosted by the season opener and look to end their stay in Qatar with further strong results.
Remy Gardner finished in second place at the Qatar Grand Prix, battling his way past several of the front-runners in the race and setting the fastest lap of the contest in the process. One of the most consistent competitors on the grid, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent targets a continuation of his rostrum form this weekend.
Fernandez debuted in the intermediate class with a praiseworthy fifth position, after having fought for the podium on race day. Throughout the weekend, the Spaniard demonstrated his speedy adaptation to Moto2 by competing near the top of every session. For the Doha Grand Prix, the Red Bull KTM Ajo star wants to continue taking further steps forward, whilst enjoying his first year in the series.
The Moto2 Doha Grand Prix will take place next Sunday at 6:20 PM local time over 20 laps. In addition to the second position achieved by Remy Gardner last weekend the team also hold a victory at the Qatari track from last year with Tetsuta Nagashima.
Circuit information – Losail International Circuit
Length: 5.380 metres / 3.343 miles
Width: 12 metres / 39.37 ft
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 1.068 metres / 0.664 miles
87 REMY GARDNER
“I am very happy with how the first race of the year went. I’m pleased because we got some important points and, in addition, starting the year with a podium is always positive. Physically I am feeling at my best and, although mentally the time is dragging on, we have to stay strong. We have to be focused in order to get good results.
For the second round of the season in Qatar, the aim is to get back to the front – both in practice and in the contest. However, we have to see how things develop throughout the weekend. We will do our best to score as many points as possible.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“These are our last days in Qatar. Spending three weeks riding at the same track has been good for me, since being a rookie has helped me to improve and understand the bike well at this circuit. However, I am looking forward to returning to Europe and seeing how things go there, as for now the feeling has been positive. The race last Sunday went very well, and both physically and mentally I felt strong. Now I am motivated and excited about the second round: the Doha Grand Prix. My goal will be to repeat what we did last weekend, work hard and continue enjoying ourselves, the way we did at the opening round.”