Gardner looks to Sunday with confidence

Remy Gardner may be starting further back than he may have wanted but looks to be capable of mounting a charge in Sunday’s Moto2™ race in the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 at Phillip Island.

The Australian youngster qualified 15th fastest for the race, but will start from 13th because of penalties handed out to other competitors.

The results show that the effects of Friday’s practice crash are being diminished. Gardner came off the bike in the first practice session and since then the ONEXOX TKKR SAG team has worked hard to rebuild the Triumphed-power Kalex, nearly from scratch.

“Today has been a difficult day,” says Gardner, “I am feeling really good and fast with the bike. 

“Every lap, I had a fast lap in Q2, I was being fast in all sectors but then there were slow riders in the last sector so I had to slow down and unfortunately I didn’t get to finish any good lap and we are starting 13th tomorrow. 

“Anyways, we have good pace so I am looking forward to race at home tomorrow!”

Gardner will be looking to emulate the feats of his famous father Wayne, who won the first two 500cc Grands Prix at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit three decades ago.

Because the revised schedule, the Moto2™ machines will now take to the track for their warm-up session at 9:20am AEDT. The race, over 25 laps of the classic 4.4 km circuit, is due to start as scheduled, at 1:20pm AEDT.

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