Remy Gardner scores third win in a row at Sachsenring20/06/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider dominates the German Grand Prix, whilst teammate Raul Fernandez crashes out from second place.
On the day of the 200th Moto2 World Championship race, Remy Gardner achieved his third consecutive victory of the season at the Sachsenring circuit. A masterclass from the Australian rider saw him cross the line over 6 seconds ahead of his closest rival and extend his lead in the overall standings in the process. Teammate Raul Fernandez had a tough Sunday, the Spaniard crashed out early when running in second place.
The German Grand Prix began well for Gardner, who moved up from third on the grid to second on the opening corner. He and his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate broke away at the front, leaving the rest of the field behind. Gardner assumed the lead on Lap 3 and upped his pace, setting the best race lap of the Sachsenring with a Moto2 bike. When out alone, he remained unchallenged through to the chequered flag, earning the fourth victory of his career and his 12th podium. He is the first Australian rider ever to win three intermediate class contests in a row.
Poleman Fernandez took advantage of his spot on the grid for the holeshot and kept up with Gardner in the opening stages of the race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie dropped a position to his teammate and attempted to stick with him. Unfortunately, on Lap 5 the Spaniard crashed out at Turn 3, bringing his afternoon to an early end.
Following the eighth round of the 2021 season, Remy Gardner remains the series leader with 164 points. Raul Fernandez is 2nd with 128. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo will return to action next week for the Dutch GP, held at the legendary Assen circuit from June 25-27th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:39.191
2. Aron Canet (Boscoscuro) +6.158
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) +7.030
4. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) +8.145
5. Sam Lowes (Kalex) +9.888
Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) DNF
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 164 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 128 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 117 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 86 points
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 73 points
Moto2 World Championship Team Standing 2021
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 292 points
2. Sky Racing Team VR46 133 points
3. Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 120 points
4. Liqui Moly Intact GP 89 points
5. Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 83 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“We are very happy with the performance by our Moto2 team this weekend. We kept full concentration since the first practice sessions, and we were prepared for the race. Unfortunately, Raul [Fernandez]’s contest ended very soon. However, this is part of the learning process for a rookie. It is his first season in Moto2 and it is normal that sometimes small mistakes are made. We are happy and impressed with Remy Gardner’s performance and growth. In recent months, he has shown that he has a mental edge and is totally focused on racing.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“Before the race, my brother sent me a message telling me to become the first Australian to win three consecutive races. It was a great contest. Honestly, I was prepared for a battle, as Raul [Fernandez] had been very strong the entire weekend. Especially in the warm-up, he had a better pace than me. However, on the first three laps I saw that I was quicker, and I calmly began to push. I needed to keep focused and it was a very long round. I’m happy with the 25 points. It was an important day for us. Now we have to remain calm and keep going.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“It’s a real shame. We had a strong pace and after the warm-up I felt very well prepared for the race. All that we can do is start afresh. I want to thank my team, because we were having a great weekend and we just couldn’t round it off due to the crash. Luckily, next week we have another opportunity at Assen, and we will give one hundred percent to try to get a good result.”