Fernandez leads opening day of the British Grand Prix

27/08/2021

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider is fastest on the combined FP1 and FP2 timesheets, with Remy Gardner in 5th place.

 

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 had a positive opening day of the British Grand Prix, with both riders in the Top 5. Raul Fernandez was the quickest man on track on Friday, leading the afternoon session, whilst Remy Gardner was fifth overall for FP1 and FP2. With these results, the duo have both secured a provisional place in tomorrow’s Q2.

The team started the day in top form, with both riders fast and competitive in FP1. Gardner finished the session in third position after stopping the clock at 2:05.478, on his 13th attempt of 16. On the other side of the box, Fernandez had his first experience of the British track on a Moto2 bike, adapting well and placing fourth thanks to a 2:05.603, on the penultimate of his 15 laps.

In the afternoon, the two Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders took a step forward, riding faster than their morning times. Fernandez had a brilliant end of the session, achieving the fastest lap of the day: a 2:04.501 on his 15th attempt out of a total of 17. Gardner was fifth with a personal best of 2:04.915, just 4 tenths behind his teammate. The Australian completed 15 productive laps of the Silverstone track in the practice.

Gardner and Fernandez will continue working in FP3 tomorrow morning, with their sights set on the fight for the pole position. Moto2 Q1 will start at 3:10 PM local time, followed by Q2 at 3:35 PM.

Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:04.501
2. Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) 2:04.518 +0.017
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 2:04.815 +0.314
4. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 2:04.866 +0.365
5. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:04.915 +0.414

 

87 REMY GARDNER

“Today was a good day, although it was quite cold. I always really enjoy riding at this track, as Silverstone is such a fun circuit. We still have work to do tomorrow, but I am sure we will take a step forward. As always, I want to thank the team for all of their efforts.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“When you arrive at a circuit that you were not good at before, and you manage to be as competitive as we were in the second race in Austria, it gives you extra motivation. I am enjoying myself a lot right now, and I feel comfortable both with myself and with the team. All this combined means that we are in our best form of the season – and perhaps of my career. Tomorrow we will look to get onto the first or second row of the grid for Sunday’s race, but, above all, we will try to continue having fun on the bike.”

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