Front row for Gardner and Fernandez at MotorLand Aragon11/09/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo qualify in second and third position, respectively, for the thirteenth round of the 2021 season.
After a positive opening day, Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 confirmed their good feeling in qualifying for the Aragon Grand Prix, with both riders on the front row of the grid. The pair entered Q2 directly, having topped the combined Free Practice standings for the weekend. In the qualifying session, Remy Gardner was second and Raul Fernandez third.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo started the day well, leading the final Free Practice session and improving their times from Friday. Fernandez was the fastest rider, doubly impressive considering that only six days have passed since his operation on a fractured fifth right metacarpal. The Spaniard set a 1:51.859 on his 10th attempt out of 13. Just one tenth behind was Gardner, in second place after stopping the clock at 1:51.974 on his 13th lap of 16.
Having made their way straight into Qualifying 2, Gardner qualified in second place with a time of 1:52.057, set on his final hot lap. With this result, the Australian secured a spot on the front row of the Aragon Grand Prix grid. Alongside him will be his teammate, Raul Fernandez, who was third thanks to a 1:52.084 time.
The 21-lap Moto2 Aragon Grand Prix will begin at 12:20 PM local time on Sunday.
Results (Qualifying session)
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:51.778
2. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52.057 +0.279
3. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:52.084 +0.306
4. Hector Garzo (Kalex) 1:52.107 +0.329
5. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:52.148 +0.370
87 REMY GARDNER
“It was a good day. We salvaged it on the last lap. Qualifying was a bit risky because we didn’t set a good lap until the final part of Q2, but we did get that fast time. Thanks to this effort, tomorrow we will start from the front row of the grid. We have a good pace for the race, although it will be a long one. Whatever happens, we will give one hundred percent.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I am very happy because in the end I was able to go out on track, since the main objective for this weekend was just to be here. I’m encouraged and I think we can have a good race tomorrow, although the most important thing, above all, is to enjoy ourselves. I want to thank Doctor Mir, his entire team, the Clinica Mobile, Alpinestars, my family and my team, because it’s thanks to them that I can ride today. They give me the necessary motivation not to think about the injury and to be able to enjoy myself on the bike. The goal for tomorrow is to give 100%, fighting to do well.”