Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez move on to Mugello26/05/2021
Red Bull KTM Ajo begin the sixth round of the 2021 season, the Italian Grand Prix, top of the Moto2 World Championship standings.
After a dream weekend at Le Mans, in which Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 achieved a magnificent one-two finish, Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez are back in action this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix. The Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello will host the sixth round of the 2021, and the pair have reason to be positive ahead of the event: they lead both the rider and team standings after an excellent season to date.
At the last Grand Prix, Gardner made a great fightback that took him from ninth position on the first corner to second place at the chequered flag. The Australian showed great pace, setting the best race lap at Le Mans. Now the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider reaches a track that he likes, and where he will try to add to the 89 points that have taken him to the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings.
Fernandez is in winning form, having taken his second victory of the season at Le Mans. The rookie enjoyed a fantastic Grand Prix in which he triumphed from the pole position. This weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo star will be adapting to Mugello, where he will ride a Moto2 bike for the first time. Fernandez is second in the World Championship, just one point behind his teammate.
The 21-lap Moto2 Italian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday at 12:20 PM local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo have a previous Moto2 win at Mugello through Miguel Oliveira in 2018.
Circuit information – Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
Length: 5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Width: 14 m / 45.93 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.141 m / 0.709 miles
87 REMY GARDNER
“We have to improve in qualifying, as it was that which cost us our chance of victory at Le Mans. This weekend we will work to be higher up on the grid. Mugello is a track that I really like and is one of my favourites because of how technical and physically demanding it is. There are usually long races there, in which you get very tired, but it is nice. Once again, the target is to score as many points as possible and not make mistakes, in order to leave Italy in a strong position.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“We had a good race at Le Mans, although on Sunday I made some mistakes that I would like to correct this weekend. I’ve only been to Mugello once, in 2019, but I liked it. It’s a different circuit, and very beautiful. It also demands a lot of you in terms of fitness, so I am preparing well for it. I am facing the Grand Prix calmly and patiently – which is how the results will come.
I haven’t set a goal for this round in terms of my position, because I really don’t know the track as well as France or Jerez. If we work strong, we can challenge for the Top 5, and if we have the chance of a podium then I will fight for that.”