Gardner and Fernandez ready for title decider in Valencia10/11/2021
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders are both title contenders going into the 2021 season finale, the Valencia Grand Prix, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
After achieving their seventh one-two of the season in Portugal, the Red Bull KTM Ajo travel to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Cheste for the last race of the 2021 season. The Valencia Grand Prix will be an important weekend for Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, teammates who will battle for the title at what will be their final Moto2 event.
Last time out, Gardner claimed victory at the Algarve Grand Prix, overcoming one of the most difficult weekends of the year for the Australian rider. He overcame discomfort in his ribs from a crash in FP2 to take his fifth win of the season. Now, Gardner goes to a track where he placed on the podium last year with a third place finish. The Red Bull KTM Ajo talent leads the Moto2 standings, with 305 points.
Fernandez got back on the rostrum in Portugal, finishing second at the Algarve GP. It was his 11th podium of a spectacular rookie season in the intermediate class. The Spaniard also has fond memories of Valencia, where he won his first Grand Prix in 2020 – finishing third one week later at the Valencia Grand Prix itself. Fernandez occupies second place in the overall standings, with 282 points.
The 25-lap Moto2 Valencia Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 12:20 PM.
Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo Circuit
Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left hand corners: 9
Right hand corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
87 REMY GARDNER
“I hope I can enjoy the final race of the year to the fullest, as it will also be my last contest in Moto2. We will give one hundred percent to achieve the necessary result to win the title. It has been the best season of my life. I never thought I could have a campaign with such good results and, together with the incredible team that I have, I have really enjoyed every moment. Whatever happens in Valencia, it has been a pleasure to be part of this team. The circuit is not one of my favourites, but it has some corners that I like a lot, such as the long one where you can slide a lot.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“We were unlucky at the last race, especially with the rear tyre because we didn’t make the right choice and we had a good pace during the Grand Prix weekend. This is a special round, since it will be the last with my Moto2 team – who I will miss a lot. It will also be important since the title will be decided and, although I have a chance, it is a small one. I really like the circuit, as it was where I won my first Grand Prix. When you usually do well at a track, it makes you feel good. Overall, 2021 has been the best and the worst year of my life. However, in general, it has been a positive season.”