Australian rider Remy Gardner is on a high after taking his maiden Moto2™ podium with a scintillating performance at the Argentina GP.
Gardner, who narrowly missed out on a podium finish at the season opener in Qatar, was determined not to let the opportunity slide at Termas de Rio Hondo, where a strong start saw the Aussie move from seventh on the grid to lead for the much of the race.
He then battled against eventual winner and championship leader Lorenzo Baldassari before settling for second place, his second career-best result in as many races.
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“You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this,” Gardner said after the race.
“I could’ve won it but Balda touched me and I got a bit out of shape on the brakes. I did it to the other guys so I’m not going to complain like a little girl, but I should have given him a bit more room and been a bit smarter with that tactic.
“I never gave up. Every time someone passed me, I was like no, I want this, and after losing out in Qatar by two hundredths when I saw Schrotter in front of me I thought, it’s not happening this time and so I just pulled my finger out and gave it everything.
“I have no words, I am a bit emotional.”
The result sees Gardner move up to second place in the Moto2™ World Championship standings, ahead of round three which takes place at COTA in the USA on 14 April.