Third pole position of the year for Gardner at Styrian GP

07/08/2021

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider will head the starting grid for the 10th round of the season in Austria, with Raul Fernandez on the second row in fourth position.

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 achieved pole position for the Styrian Grand Prix thanks to Remy Gardner. The Australian rider proved to be unstoppable, heading the combined Free Practice timesheets and Q2. Tomorrow Gardner will take off from the front of the grid for the third time this season, and the sixth time in his career. Teammate Raul Fernandez also enjoyed a great Saturday, in which he greatly improved his feeling onboard the bike and qualified on Row 2, in fourth position.

FP3 in the intermediate category was contested under optimal weather conditions, something that the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders used to push to the fullest and improve on their lap times from Friday. Gardner took a step forward in the final stages and set the best time of the session, stopping the clock at 1:28.680 on his 16th lap of 19. Fernandez continued to adapt to the Austrian track with a Moto2 machine and finished sixth, setting a 1:28.953 just 2 tenths off the top spot, having put in 22 laps.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo entered Q2 directly, thanks to their great work in Free Practice. In qualifying, Gardner proved to be one step ahead of the rest of the field, taking his third pole position of the year with a time of 1:28.668. Fernandez was very competitive to get fourth place – with a 1:28.978 – which puts him on the second row of the grid.

The 25-lap Moto2 Styrian Grand Prix race takes place on Sunday at 12:20 PM CEST.

Results (Qualifying session)
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:28.668
2. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:28.789 +0.121
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 1:28.811 +0.143
4. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:28.978 +0.310
5. Aron Canet (Boscoscuro) 1:29.004 +0.336

87 REMY GARDNER

“I’m very happy to have achieved this time, because after a five-week break, we have managed to feel good again. Today things came relatively easily, but I am sure that tomorrow will be much more challenging. Regardless of whether it rains or not, the plan will be the same: to get as many points as possible. If we have to ride in the wet, we will make the most of the warm-up to find a good feeling and gain the necessary confidence that allows us to give everything in the race.”

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

“I’m fairly happy. It was a positive day, which helped us to draw many conclusions. Yesterday we were a little behind and throughout this Saturday we have taken a big step forward and regained a good feeling. The goal is always to start on the first or second row, to avoid problems on the opening laps. Tomorrow we will do our best in the race and we will see what we are capable of achieving.”

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