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Gardner scores points for the second time in Portimao

Monday, 25 April 2022

The Aussie was the highest placed rookie.

Remy Gardner finished in the points for the second time this season after a successful race in Portimao that still left the Australian disappointed.

The Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team’s hopes for a strong weekend were left to Gardner after his teammate Raul Fernandez was declared unfit to race due to a crash in qualifying.


Although Gardner had never finished higher than P14 in the MotoGP™ class, he still felt he could have done more if it wasn’t for a poor start.

“The race was the first time of the weekend we were able to ride in the dry, because this morning was still a bit humid. I did not get a good start and found myself last at the first corner, but I managed to recover quickly,” Gardner reflected.

“It is unfortunate because once I passed both Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, I started to have a decent pace, but by that time the group ahead had made a consequent gap already.”

“It is a bit of a shame because halfway through the race, we had a decent pace so I think that I could have aimed for a top 10.”

“I feel positive about today. I scored two points, although some riders crashed, but it is still two points in the bag after a hectic weekend here in Portugal.”

“It has been my best race so far this season, and I feel like if we would have had more dry time, I would have had more chances on my side, but I am happy overall anyway.”

Remy crossed the line as the first rookie and second KTM rider.