Gardner and Fernandez on the hunt for another great result at Catalan GP02/06/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo take on the seventh round of the season with high expectations, following consecutive one-two finishes.
With a heavy heart after a tough Italian GP last weekend, the Moto2 World Championship season continues with a trip to Barcelona. Red Bull KTM Ajo will take part in Round 7 of the campaign, the Catalan Grand Prix, and Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez both find themselves in exceptional form. Consecutive one-two finishes at Le Mans and Mugello have kept the pair top of both the Rider and Teams standings.
Gardner achieved his first victory of 2021 at the Italian Grand Prix, thanks to a masterful final attack during the race. It was his second win in the Moto2 class and his 10th career podium. Now the Australian travels to a track where he undertook a fruitful private test just weeks ago, which helped him gather data to use at the Catalan GP. He leads the Moto2 World Championship with 114 points.
Fernandez proved that he is one of the strongest and most consistent riders on the grid, taking pole position at Mugello and second place in the race. The Spaniard fought for victory until the final lap, eventually claiming second for his fifth rostrum in six contests. A fan of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie wants to keep a run of results going that has taken him to second in the overall standings, with 108 points.
The 22-lap Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 PM, following the MotoGP race. Red Bull KTM Ajo have been on the podium at the track twice in Moto2, thanks to Miguel Oliveira, who was 3rd in 2017 and 2nd in 2018.
Circuit information – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Length: 4.627 m / 2.875 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 1.047 m / 0,650 miles
87 REMY GARDNER
“I’ve done many laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the past two years. It’s an interesting track at which you have to look for a lot of grip and get the bike turning quickly. The aim is to take points again, either on the podium or in the Top 5. I want as many points as possible. It will be nice to have the fans back supporting us from the stands again; I’m looking forward to seeing them around the circuit.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a track that I like a lot, and where last year we had a positive Grand Prix. After the private test we had at Montmelo a couple of weeks ago, I feel motivated. We also come here on a streak of very positive results, and we will try to take another good position here. My goal for this weekend is to get into the Top 5 again and, if we can make the podium, we will go for it. It will be a special contest because there will be spectators at the circuit, and having people come to support us is always special when you race at home. In the end, that is a source of extra motivation.”