Untouchable Fernandez achieves fourth victory of 2021 at Austrian GP15/08/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider sets the pace for an impressive win. Remy Gardner ended a tough day with a seventh position.
A dominant display from Raul Fernandez in the Austrian Grand Prix gave Red Bull KTM Ajo the win at the home of Red Bull and KTM. The Spaniard keeps up a brilliant series of results in his rookie Moto2 season, with his fourth victory of the 2021 campaign so far – the sixth of his career. Teammate Remy Gardner finished seventh, recovering from an incident with another rider on the opening corner.
Fernandez, who started from the front row, would take the lead as early as Lap 3 and set a strong pace to pull away from his closest rivals. The rookie kept his focus with calm and determination, shaking off the threat of another rider attempting to catch him in the final stages of the race. Fernandez held on for a dominant victory, claiming his fourth win of the year and the sixth of his career.
Gardner, from the second row of the grid, had a tough start to the race, dropping several places after contact with another rider on the opening corner and running wide. The Australian focused on hunting down and overtaking those ahead of him steadily. The high temperatures made his job harder, and he eventually crossed the finish line in seventh position.
Gardner remains leader of the Moto2 World Championship with 206 points, whilst Fernandez is second with 187. The series returns in two weeks’ time at the British Grand Prix from August 27-29th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 37:19.890
2. Ai Ogura (Kalex) +0.845
3. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +2.747
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) +4.412
5. Somkiat Chantra (Kalex) +8.850
7. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +13.657
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 206 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 187 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 159 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 114 points
5. Aron Canet (Kalex) 83 points
Moto2 World Championship Team Standing 2021
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 393 points
2. Sky Racing Team VR46 201 points
3. Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 196 points
4. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 115 points
5. Aspar Team Moto2 106 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“Once again, Raul [Fernandez] did a great job. We knew this was not an easy track for him, as we already saw last week. But this week he took an incredible step forward and was very fast in the race. Both he and the whole team made a great effort. As for Remy [Gardner], I understand that he is unhappy with today’s contest, especially since he had the pace to fight for the top positions. The start was not his best and, at the first corner, other riders got in his way; when that happens in Moto2, and you lose so many positions, it is very difficult to fight back, especially if it is as hot as it was today. We have to be satisfied with the place and with the points he scored.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“It was a tough day for us. We didn’t get a good start, and when I reached the first corner I had to pick the bike up to avoid crashing and colliding with other riders. That made me lose a lot of positions and, with the high temperatures that we had today, it was very difficult to regain them. I did everything I could, and we have salvaged a few points, but now we are already thinking about the next race.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I am very happy, since in addition to the victory we have picked up some important points for the championship. There are still many races to go and we have to keep pushing as we did so far. Last weekend was tough for us, but this time around the team gave me the best possible bike to be able to fight for this great result. I was feeling mentally strong today. I want to thank my entire team and my family. I dedicate this win to Hugo [Millan], and to his entire family and loved ones.”