Pole position for Gardner with circuit record at Jerez

01/05/2021

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider dominates qualifying for the Spanish GP, with the best lap ever on a Moto2 bike at this track. Fernandez will start from fourth place.

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 and Remy Gardner were the standouts in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, held on Saturday at Jerez. The Australian rider achieved the fourth pole position of his sporting career, after breaking the circuit record at the Andalusian track on two occasions. With this result, Gardner will start the fourth round of the 2021 season from the front row of the grid. On the second row will be his teammate, Raul Fernandez, who claimed fourth place in Q2.

In the morning, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo confirmed their good feeling from Friday, with both riders lowering their lap times. Gardner started the day in unbeatable fashion, leading FP3 after setting a new circuit record of 1:40.841 on his penultimate lap of a total of 17. He thus led the way on the combined timesheets and earned a spot in Q2. Likewise, Fernandez made it directly into the second qualifying session, thanks to a 1:41.002, just 1 tenth slower than his teammate. He put in 16 productive laps and was fifth overall.

In Q2, Remy Gardner took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Australian set another new circuit record, this time with a 1:40.667, and will lead the field in the intermediate class contest when the lights go out. Raul Fernandez will be on the second row. The Spaniard qualified fourth with a time of 1:40.808, again 1 tenth behind his teammate.

The 23-lap Moto2 Spanish Grand Prix starts tomorrow at 12:20 PM local time.

Results (Qualifying session)

1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:40.667
2. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 1:40.738 +0.071
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:40.753 +0.086
4. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:40.808 +0.141
5. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:40.833 +0.166

87 REMY GARDNER

“I’m very happy about today. We got the pole position and that is undoubtedly a good thing. It is positive to secure this position on tomorrow’s starting grid, but we have to stay focused, as the important thing is the race. Overall, I’m satisfied with both the bike and the team. I can’t wait for Sunday’s contest.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“The goal today was to qualify on the second or third row of the grid, and we succeeded. I’m very happy. Starting at the front will help us avoid problems at the beginning of the contest. I’m satisfied with how I felt, especially in FP3 – where we showed that we have a strong race pace. We have a competitive bike for tomorrow, so we will try to fight for a good result again.”

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