Gardner and Fernandez have great performance on race day at Jerez02/05/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo finish fourth and fifth, respectively, at the Spanish Grand Prix, after battling for the podium until the last lap.
The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the fourth round of the 2021 Moto2 World Championship season on Sunday, with a race in which the Red Bull KTM Ajo team had a solid showing. Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez finished the Spanish Grand Prix in fourth and fifth place, respectively, with the Australian rider remaining the series leader.
Gardner, who started from the pole position, completed the first lap of the race in second place. With the contest leader breaking away early, the Australian focused his attention on claiming a podium finish. On lap eight, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 was overtaken by his teammate and subsequently dropped a further place, completing the Andalusian round in fourth.
The Spanish Grand Prix started well for Fernandez, who got off the line strongly from the second row of the grid and moved up into fourth. The rookie soon reached the podium spots, and on Lap 7 passed his teammate to place second. The Spaniard tried to break away from those in pursuit, but he was caught by them and, a series of late passes, put him fifth at the chequered flag.
After the fourth round of the 2021 season, Gardner continues as Moto2 World Championship leader with 69 points. Fernandez is third with 63. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo will be back in action at the French GP at Le Mans from May 14-16th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 39:07.396
2. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) +1.722
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) +2.229
4. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +3.019
5. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +8.571
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 69 points
2. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 66 points
3. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 63 points
4. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 56 points
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 52 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“We have to be very satisfied with our result today in Moto2, even though we didn’t get on the rostrum. The important thing is that our two riders were strong throughout the weekend. In the race we had some issues as Remy [Gardner]’s rear tyre did not perform as expected. However, we are happy with how he managed to control that situation to end up completing a good contest. Raul [Fernandez] continues to have an incredible debut year and today he was on his way to getting another podium. Unfortunately, at the end of the GP he had a physical problem that is typical of motorcycling riders.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“Overall, I’m satisfied with today, although we suffered a lot in the race. Right from the start, I felt a bit strange, so we have to analyse what happened ahead of the next contest. However, I am happy with the work we did. Finishing fourth on a difficult day is a good thing, and we also picked up some important points that keep us alive in the championship.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I am happy about how the race went. I want to thank the team for providing me with this very competitive bike. However, I also want to apologise because, due to some discomfort in my right arm, in the second half of the contest I wasn’t able to push and get the best out of our machine. We will do our best to try to fight to be at the front again in the next round, at Le Mans.”