Dutch GP awaits Gardner and Fernandez ahead of summer break23/06/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo head to the TT Circuit Assen on a run of four consecutive victories in the intermediate class.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 face the final event of the first half of the 2021 season this weekend, as the Dutch GP rounds off proceedings before the summer break. The legendary Assen circuit will host the ninth contest of the year, at which both Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez will attempt to keep an excellent run of results going for the structure. Between them, the duo claimed four consecutive victories over the last rounds, giving them the lead of both the Rider and Team standings.
Last weekend, Gardner earned his third win in a row, finishing the German Grand Prix more than six seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Now the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider goes to a track that he likes and has fond memories of, and where he achieved his first pole position in the intermediate class in 2019. The Australian talent leads the Moto2 World Championship with 164 points.
Fernandez experienced misfortune at the Sachsenring, crashing out early in the race when running in second place. This weekend he will have his first experience at Assen onboard a Moto2 bike. The Dutch track holds fond memories for him after two wins there in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2016. The Spaniard is currently second in the overall standings with 128 points.
The 24-lap Moto2 Dutch GP race will start on Sunday at 12:20 PM. Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 were on the podium at Assen in 2019 with Brad Binder’s second place.
Circuit information – TT Circuit Assen
Length: 4.542 m. / 2,822 miles
Width: 14 m. / 45.93 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 12
Longest straight: 487 m. / 1597.77 ft.
87 REMY GARDNER
“Overall, the first half of the season has been fairly good. I am very happy, and the key thing will be keeping this going. I hope we can go into the summer break with a positive result at the Dutch GP. The goal for this weekend is to get as many points as possible, finish in the Top 5 and be strong and satisfied before the holidays. I love Assen and it is one of my favourite tracks. Two years ago, I was strong there, and I got my first pole position, and it has some nice and fast corners.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“The Dutch GP is the last round before the summer break, and I want to try to go into the holiday with the best possible result. If we can get onto the podium, then we will fight for it, but, above all, finishing the contest in the Top 5 will be our real goal. Assen is a circuit that brings back fond memories for me: I had my only two Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup victories there. 2019 was a nice round as well. It is a track that I like, and we are going to see how we do with a bigger bike, because that changes a lot compared to Moto3. I will face the weekend with a positive mindset.
The first half of the year has been quite positive. Despite me being a rookie, I have only made one mistake. We are having a very good season, although there are always things to improve.”