Third consecutive one-two finish for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto206/06/2021
Remy Gardner’s victory and Raul Fernandez’s second place in the Catalan Grand Prix achieves an historic streak for the team.
Red Bull KTM Ajo made Moto2 history this Sunday with a third consecutive one-two finish, as Remy Gardner took victory and Raul Fernandez placed second in the Catalan Grand Prix. The Australian thus claimed his second win of the season – the third of his career to date. Intermediate class rookie Fernandez continues to surprise in 2021 and romped to a five rostrum of the year.
Starting from the pole position, Gardner took the holeshot and attempted to open a gap between him and his teammate, Raul Fernandez, who eventually overtook him midway through the race. With five laps to go, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 talent upped his pace and moved into the lead, breaking away for his second victory in as many rounds.
Fernandez made a good start, holding his grid position of second off the line. The Spaniard pushed to prevent Gardner’s escape, and his pace was enough to move past his teammate at one stage. His own breakaway attempt was unsuccessful, however, and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie took another impressive second place finish.
Following the Catalan Grand Prix, Remy Gardner remains leader of the Moto2 World Championship with 139 points. Raul Fernandez is 2nd with 128. The Red Bull KTM Ajo pair will be back in action in two weeks’ time at the German Grand Prix, from June 18-20th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 38:22.284
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +1.872
3. Xavi Vierge (Kalex) +2.866
4. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) +3.207
5. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +3.899
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 139 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 128 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 101 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 75 points
5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Kalex) 60 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“Getting both riders on the podium for the third consecutive time is not something that happens many times in your life. However, this does not mean that we should stop working – quite the opposite. This gives us more strength to improve. Remy [Gardner] and Raul [Fernandez] are in incredible form right now, and I am impressed with how they are working and how prepared they are. This was an incredible day for Red Bull and KTM in both Moto2 and MotoGP, and I am proud to be part of this project.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“Today was tough for us, but I knew we could fight. With yesterday’s pole, we started well and, on the opening laps, I was able to conserve my tyres – which helped me at the end of the race. Raul [Fernandez] passed me and I thought we could up the pace, but it didn’t work out like that. I decided that on the last two laps I would try to overcome him and establish a gap. The contest went very well for me, we achieved 25 points and it is the second victory in a row for us.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I knew that Remy [Gardner] was stronger than me this weekend, so I’m content with second place. We have to analyse what were our positive points in the race and work on that in the coming rounds. This contest was special, with the temperature different to what we had all weekend; it was very hot, which made it tougher. I gave it 100%. I tried to hold on but, in the end, being a rookie and taking a podium, what more could you ask for? Experience, when we all are at such similar levels, makes a difference. A three-year veteran in the class, Remy is helping me a lot. This is what I think was lacking today.”