Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 face Algarve GP on decisive weekend03/11/2021
Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez return to Portugal for the penultimate round of the year, the scene of their podium double in April.
After a week off, Red Bull KTM Ajo begin the two-race run that will end the 2021 season with the Algarve GP this weekend. Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez are prepared to complete what has been an exceptional campaign by both riders and return to a track where they were on the podium back in April. For Gardner, the round represents his first opportunity to clinch the Moto2 title.
Remy Gardner had a tough Sunday at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, competing in a dry race after every practice session had been held in the wet. The Australian finished in 7th place. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider now travels to Portugal, where last year he achieved his first Moto2 victory and, in April, claimed an excellent third position. Gardner currently leads the World Championship with 280 points, and this weekend has his first opportunity to mathematically confirm the title.
Raul Fernandez crashed out of the most recent round and looks to make amends at a favourable track this week. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rookie has won on all of his previous visits to Portugal, with a dominant victory in 2020 and his first Moto2 triumph this April. Fernandez is second in the overall standings, with 262 points.
The 23-lap Moto2 Algarve Grand Prix – the penultimate race of the season, will take place at 2:30 PM local time.
Circuit information – Algarve International Circuit
Length: 4.600 metres / 2,85 miles
Width: 18 metres / 59,06 ft
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 969 metres / 3179,13 ft.
87 REMY GARDNER
“We have two very important races ahead of us. However, we have to face them in the same way that we have faced the previous rounds, without thinking too much about what is at stake. We have to continue on the same path as up to now, working hard and trying not to make mistakes. It will be important to take a step forward in qualifying compared to Misano. Let’s hope that this time the weather will be a little better for us. Portugal is a circuit that I really like – in fact, it is one of my favourites, since its layout is spectacular and unique.”
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I face these last two rounds with the desire to enjoy myself to the fullest. I want to give one hundred percent to try to finish the year as we want, which is to achieve another good result. It was a shame about the crash that we suffered in Misano two weeks ago, but I think we did what we had to do and this is part of the sport. Now we return to Portugal, which is a circuit that I like a lot, where I feel very solid and where my riding style has always served me well. I will give my all and we will look, above all, to have fun on the bike.”