Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 take one-two at Le Mans16/05/2021
Impressive Raul Fernandez claims victory in the French Grand Prix, his second win of the season, with teammate Remy Gardner in second place.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 enjoyed a dream race at the French Grand Prix, with one-two for their riders Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner. The Spaniard achieved his second victory of the 2021 season and the fourth of his career, continuing a fantastic rookie year. Teammate Remy Gardner placed second in Le Mans, after a hard-fought contest. The structure continues to lead the Team World Championship standings in the intermediate class.
Starting from the pole for the first time in the intermediate class, Fernandez got off the line well at the French Grand Prix and was second into the opening corner. The Spaniard had to stay focused and maintained his spot inside the Top 3. It was on Lap 5 that the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie took the lead, then found some extra pace that allowed him to break clear. Fernandez claimed the victory by almost 1.5 seconds, ahead of his teammate. He has been on the rostrum in four of the five races held this season.
Gardner, who began from the third row of the grid, had a difficult start to the race and dropped down two places, completing the first lap in ninth. However, the Australian managed to recover and soon began climbing up the order, joining the group battling for third on Lap 5. In the closing stages, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider pushed to the fullest, setting the fastest lap of the contest en route to second position. The result is Gardner’s fourth podium of the season out of five contests – the ninth of his career.
After the French Grand Prix, Remy Gardner continues to lead the overall standings, with 89 points. Raul Fernandez is second, with 88. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo will enjoy a week off, before the Italian Grand Prix on May 28-30th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 40:46.101
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1.490
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) +4.599
4. Tony Arbolino (Kalex) +7.503
5. Bo Bendsneyder (Kalex) +11.887
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 89 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 88 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 72 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 66 points
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 60 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“I’m very happy with the one-two that we achieved today in Moto2, after the tough weather conditions that we experienced throughout the weekend – also at the start of the race. We had told our riders that at Le Mans, with the condition the track was in, it was important to ‘survive.’ In the end, we surpassed our expectations by far. I have to say that I am proud and grateful to our great riders but, above all, to the family of professionals that make up this team. We are lucky to have sponsors like Red Bull and KTM by our side, with whom we work year after year on our passion.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“I am very happy with the race we had today. Our position on the grid reduced our chances of being able to fight for the victory. Even so, I am satisfied with the work we did, since at the end of the contest we were able to get closer to Raul [Fernandez]. This is important for me, as we also took a good amount of points. I’m already looking forward to the next round, and to continue working together with the team. Finally, I want to congratulate my teammate on his win.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I am very happy to win here at Le Mans. It was a difficult weekend, due to the weather conditions. We will work hard to maintain this form at the coming contests. However, we must not forget to remain calm, continue to do our best and try to make as few mistakes as possible. We have to use our heads, take things race by race and, above all, continue to enjoy ourselves every time we go out on the track.”