Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 to start British GP from the second row

28/08/2021

Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez will begin the 12th round of the 2021 season from fourth and fifth position, respectively, at Silverstone.

 

After a positive opening day at Silverstone, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team had a solid qualifying showing for the British Grand Prix, as both riders went into Q2 without the need to contest Q1. The duo will start the 12th round of the 2021 season from the second row of the grid, with Gardner in fourth position and Fernandez in fifth, kept off the pole by just 2 tenths.

FP3 was contested in dry conditions, but with an ambient temperature of a low 16ºC. Despite the cold, Gardner made progress from Friday and improved his time with a 2:04.219, putting him second and just 0.039s off the top spot. The Australian completed 15 laps in the session. Fernandez rode 14, continuing to gather information about the British track on a Moto2 bike, and ended the practice sixth thanks to a 2:04.904.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders went straight into Q2 thanks to their good work in Free Practice. In that session, Remy Gardner set his personal best time of the weekend with a 2:04.195, which earned him fourth place and a spot on the second row of the grid. Alongside him will be Raul Fernandez, who was fifth after stopping the clock at 2:04.209.

The 18-lap Moto2 British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday and will start at 2:30 PM local time, just after MotoGP.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 2:03.988
2. Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) 2:04.061 +0.073
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 2:04.069 +0.081
4. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:04.195 +0.207
5. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:04.209 +0.221

 

87 REMY GARDNER

“It was a good day overall. I really enjoy riding at this track, and even more when we push hard. We have a strong pace for tomorrow, and we will start fourth on the grid, which was our goal for today: to qualify on one of the front two rows. I’m satisfied and I’m eager to begin the British GP race. We will do our best to be at the front.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“I’m quite happy with how things went in the end, although it was a bit of a tough day for us. In FP3, I didn’t feel completely well, but the team did their best to get the bike ready for qualifying. It was a very tight Saturday, in which all of the riders were close in terms of times. In general, I am satisfied, as both mentally and physically I feel strong, so tomorrow we will fight and do everything we can to get a good result.”

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