Record pole for Raul Fernandez at German Grand Prix

19/06/2021

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie will head the starting grid for the third time this season, with teammate Remy Gardner third.

 

The German Grand Prix weekend has been a good one thus far for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2. After leading the way on the opening day, on Saturday both team’s riders earned places on the front row of the grid. Raul Fernandez claimed the pole position with a new circuit record, putting him at the head of the field for the third race this year and the ninth of his career. Remy Gardner joins him on the front row in third position.

In the morning, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo carried over their good feeling from Friday, leading the way in FP3. Both riders overcame temperatures of 30ºC to bring down their times from the previous day, with Gardner claiming another top spot in the session. His 1:24.003 lap came on his fifth attempt of 22. Just 1 tenth behind the Australian was Fernandez, in second place, after stopping the clock at 1:24.121 and completing 20 laps.

The two Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders went directly through to Q2, in which Fernandez set his scorching lap of 1:23.397 that went unrivalled by the rest of the field. The Spaniard was 3 tenths quicker than any other rider. Gardner was third, thanks to a 1:23.769, and will accompany his teammate on the first line of attack.

A 28-lap race for the Moto2 class takes place at 12:20 PM CEST at Sachsenring.

Results (Qualifying session)

1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:23.397
2. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 1:23.744 +0.347
3. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:23.769 +0.372
4. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:24.184 +0.787
5. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) 1:24.296 +0.899

87 REMY GARDNER

“It was a good day for us. We had hoped for a little more after seeing how practice had gone, but I’m happy because we have a strong pace. It will be a long race tomorrow, but we will do our best to stay calm and not make mistakes. We will give everything we have to enjoy a positive Sunday.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“I’m very happy. It was a surprise for us to get the pole position, as we did not expect to be able to beat Remy [Gardner] – because he has been very strong all weekend so far. I’m satisfied to have achieved this place, although the important part comes on Sunday, so I hope to be able to fight with him until the end of the race. If we manage to get on the podium, it will be a great result for us, as we mustn’t forget that I’m a rookie and I still have a lot to learn. Tomorrow will be a day for me to gain more knowledge.”

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