Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 take another one-two at Mugello30/05/2021
Remy Gardner claims first victory of 2021 at Italian GP, with Raul Fernandez in second place on a sad day for the MotoGP family.
After the sad news from today, everyone at Red Bull KTM Ajo extends their deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends and team at this difficult time. Remy Gardner was the winner at Mugello, with Raul Fernandez in second position, dedicating team’s result to the Swiss rider.
Gardner moved up from fourth on the grid to second on the first corner. With his teammate escaping at the front, the Australian gave up a position and rode in third. However, with six laps remaining, he upped the pace and hunted down Fernandez. On the final lap, he made his move, taking the win.
Fernandez, who started from pole position, got the holeshot and looked to break free from the chasing pack early on. Whilst Gardner would eventually catch up with him and win out in the all-Red Bull KTM Ajo fight for the victory, Fernandez placed runner-up.
Gardner continues to lead the Moto2 World Championship standings with 114 points. Fernandez is second with 108. The next event for Red Bull KTM Ajo will be the Catalan GP next weekend from June 4th-6th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:17.667
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.014
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) +8.021
4. Joe Roberts (Kalex) +8.004
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) +12.343
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 114 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 108 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 88 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 66 points
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 60 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Today the race positions do not matter. This Sunday all of our thoughts are with Jason Dupasquier’s family, his team and all those who love him. In the Moto2 contest, our riders achieved a great result. Once again, I want to thank all of our team, our sponsors and especially our riders.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“It’s a very sad day. We won the contest, but I can’t be happy, since today the result is almost unimportant. I just want to send all my support and love to Jason’s family, friends and team. As for the race, to start with I didn’t have as much pace as Raul [Fernandez]. I decided to conserve my energy for the end. On the final laps I pushed hard and managed to hunt down my teammate and overtake him. I came out of the last corner well and we got the victory.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“Today was a shock, and I don’t know what to say. This is the sport that we love and we know that risk is always present, but when these things happen you still can’t believe it. In terms of the race: I’m satisfied that I took second, although we could have achieved the victory had it not been for certain issues with the front tyre. I gave it my all. However, where we finished today really doesn’t matter. We have lost a fellow rider and that is very tough. I can only send all my support and condolences to his family.”