Australian Moto2™ rider Remy Gardner said he wished he pushed harder during the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar, after missing the podium by just 0.002 seconds in his first race with the SAG Team.
Gardner started the race from the second row of the grid in P5, staying with the lead group during the 20-lap race.
The 21-year-old was beaten to the line by Germany’s Marcel Schrotter in a thrilling finish, missing out on a podium position by the length of a front wheel.
“It is a big disappointment that we couldn’t get to the podium,” said Gardner, who still recorded his career-best finish in the Moto2™ class.
“We were only two thousandths off the podium, I feel like I should have been more aggressive at the beginning of the race, but I didn’t want to risk a big mistake.
“Unfortunately, we got beaten to the line by Schrotter. We missed straight-line speed and this is what ultimately cost us the podium today.”
Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri won his third Moto2™ race, followed by the Intact GP duo of Thomas Luthi and Schrotter.
Moto2™ visits the Argentine Grand Prix next at the end of March. The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix takes place on 25-27 October.