Fifth victory of the year for Fernandez at MotorLand Aragon12/09/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo wins the Moto2 World Championship Team title with a one-two finish for Fernandez and Gardner at the Aragon Grand Prix.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team enjoyed a dream weekend at the Aragon Grand Prix, as they were crowned Team World Champions in the Moto2 class. They did so with a fifth one-two finish of the season, thanks to race winner Raul Fernandez and second placed Remy Gardner. The team achieved 9 victories and 9 podiums this season so far.
The Aragon Grand Prix began well for Fernandez, who managed to maintain the third position on the grid. From the start of the contest, the Spaniard proved to be one step ahead of his rivals, and on Lap 4 he hunted down the leader and passed him to take the lead. From that moment on, the Red KTM Ajo Moto2 rider pushed to break away from the rest of the field, going on to claim the fifth win of his rookie season. The result – the 7th victory of his Grand Prix career to date – comes just a week after having undergone surgery on a fractured fifth right metacarpal.
Gardner started from second and pushed hard, although on Lap 2 he was overtaken by his teammate and was left isolated in third place. Staying focused and calm, and enduring the heat on track, he would move back up a position when the rider in second crashed in the final third of the contest. The Spaniard stayed in that spot until the chequered flag, completing the one-two finish and taking his 6th podium of 2021 so far.
Gardner continues to lead the World Championship with 251 points. Fernandez is second with 212. Red Bull KTM Ajo will be back to work in less than a week for the San Marino Grand Prix, held from September 17-19th.
Results (Moto2 Race)
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:49.990
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +5.408
3. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) +6.824
4. Jorge Navarro (Boscoscuro) +7.051
5. Aron Canet (Boscoscuro) +10.695
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2021
1. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 251 points
2. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 212 points
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) 179 points
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 127 points
5. Augusto Fernandez (Kalex) 108 points
Moto2 World Championship Team Standing 2021
1. Red Bull KTM Ajo 463 points
2. Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 235 points
3. Sky Racing Team VR46 226 points
4. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 130 points
5. Kipin Energy Aspar Team 126 points
AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER
“It was incredible. It was a spectacular performance from our riders and from our team. I am very grateful and happy to be able to experience this and achieve our dreams. We are not people who think about the title on a daily basis. We have set goals for ourselves but improving every day and working consistently is the key. Many thanks to our great riders, Raul [Fernandez] and Remy [Gardner], to the team, who work day and night, and to the GP academy that we have put together with Red Bull, KTM and all our sponsors.”
87 REMY GARDNER
“I’m happy because Aragon is a difficult track, and second place feels like a victory. Fortunately, I have only dropped five points. There are still many contests to go this season, we are performing at a good level and we will take things race by race. The history of this team is incredible, and my name is part of it. I think I picked a good team who have dominated throughout the year and winning the championship with five rounds to go is incredible. They have put a great team together, the guys in the box work hard and we are like a family. Congratulations!”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“On the final laps my hand hurt a lot. Seven days ago, I was being operating on, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to participate here in Aragon. I have no words to express my gratitude to Doctor Mir, his entire team, the Clinica Mobile, Alpinestars and all the people who have made it possible for me to be here today. It was very exciting to win at home, with the crowd in the stands. It has also been a very special weekend because Hugo Millan’s family is here. This victory is for them and for Hugo.”