Gardner and Fernandez competitive on opening day of Spanish GP


The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo place second and sixth, respectively, on the combined FP1 and FP2 timesheets on Friday at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit.


The Spanish Grand Prix began in promising fashion for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team, with lap times in the first two Free Practice sessions putting both of their riders provisionally into Qualifying 2. Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez finished second and sixth on the combined FP1 and FP2 timesheets on Friday, once again proving to be the strongest pairing on the grid.

The riders got off to a good start, both setting very fast and competitive times from the get-go in FP1. Gardner proved to be one step ahead of the rest of the field, and eventually topped the session thanks to a time of 1:41.675 on his last attempt. The Australian completed a total of 16 laps of the Andalusian track. Fernandez racked up 17 and finished fourth after stopping the clock at 1:41.910, just 2 tenths behind his teammate.

In the afternoon, the good feeling continued, and times were very similar to those that they rode in the morning. Gardner was second in FP2 with a time of 1:41.774, achieved on his 15th lap of 18, and maintained his imposing, consistent pace. Fernandez finished the session in fifth position, with a 1:41.958 from his 8th lap of 16. The Spaniard was 6th overall on Friday.

Tomorrow morning, Gardner and Fernandez will make their final adjustments in FP3. In the afternoon, Q1 will be held at 3:10 PM, local time, followed by Q2 at 3:35 PM.

Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)

1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:41.515
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.675 +0.160
3. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:41.785 +0.270
4. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:41.797 +0.282
5. Joe Roberts (Kalex) 1:41.813 +0.298
6. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.910 +0.395


“I’m happy with how today went. We finished Friday in good shape. The bike is working well and, although we have to polish up some things, I am very satisfied with the work that we are doing. In addition, we showed that we have a good pace. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”


“It was a positive day. We worked in a good way and today everything was very satisfying. Ahead of tomorrow, we know where we have to push ourselves to go a step further. Once again, I thank the team and my family.”