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A race of points mitigation for Remy Gardner

Monday, 16 August 2021

The Aussie faced a tough challenge in Austria.

It wasn’t the race the Australian would have hoped for after starting on the second row of the grid. Remy Gardner fell to 11th place after a small collision with another rider.

From that point onwards, the Red Bull KTM Ajo job was to mitigate as much of the points damage to teammate Raul Fernandez as possible.

Gardner spent most of the race climbing positions whilst fighting off challenges from Sky VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi.

The Australian was able to get as high as eighth place. However, he gained a spot when Marcel Schrotter went down on Lap 9.

Gardner crossed the line in seventh place.

“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,” Remy said after the race.

Gardner’s advantage in the Moto2™ World Championship standings has reduced from 35 points to 19.

The riders and teams have a week off before heading to the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, on August 27-29.