Remy Gardner’s bid for a Moto2™ podium on home soil has fallen short but the Australian rider can take plenty of confidence from the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019
The 21-year-old started from 13th on the grid and quickly made progress, charging up to fifth as early as Lap 5. But as the race wore on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit started to take a toll on the tyre grip of Gardner’s ONEXOX TKKR SAG Kalex, and he found himself in a battle with Moto2™ championship leader Alex Marquez and Iker Lecuona, who will graduate to MotoGP™ next year.
By the end of the 25-lap race, Gardner held on for sixth place, holding out both Spaniards to the flag. Teammate Tetsuta Nagashima was at the tail end of the battle Gardner was in, and dropped back to 10th at the flag.
Considering the amount of track time Gardner lost with his practice crash on Friday, it was a solid result for the Australian, who is now 13th the Moto2™ standings, one place ahead of Nagashima.
“I was pushing like a maniac trying to close the gap to the group on the front but unfortunately, in the process of doing that I really ruined my rear tyre,” Gardner said after the race. “Things could have gone a lot worse starting from 13th on the grid so it is a decent result for my home GP.”
Despite the difficult weekend, Gardner will take renewed optimism to next weekend’s Malaysian Moto2™ Grand Prix at Sepang, just outside of Kuala Lumpur.