Australian Remy Gardner has remained positive despite failing to convert his maiden Grand Prix pole position.
Gardner secured his first pole after showing impressive pace throughout the weekend, placing himself firmly in P1 with a lap time of 1’36.572.
He was even congratulated by MotoGP™ legend Mick Doohan for his outstanding performance in qualifying.
The situation took a turn for the worse in the race as the SAG Racing team rider struggled off the line.
Just as Gardner was making his way back though the field up into fifth, he ran wide at Turn 3 on Lap 10 and dropped to 12th.
Soon after Gardner crashed his bike at the Geert Timmer chicane on the same lap.
“The weekend was almost perfect,” said Gardner. “I felt good in every session and was made up to get my first pole yesterday. Warm-Up was also good and, in the race, certainly at the beginning, I felt good and think we could have won today.
“It just seems that whatever I do at the moment it goes wrong, but the luck has to change. I am so disappointed for me, the team, all my sponsors and the fans that are being so supportive this year.
“The good thing is that I don’t have to wait too long to ride again so let’s focus on the Sachsenring.”
The race was won by Augusto Fernandez, with Brad Binder and Luca Marini completing the podium.
Alex Marquez was the victim of a crash with title rival Lorenzo Baldassarri which saw both unable to finish the race, Thomas Luthi who finished fourth now takes the championship lead by six points.
Gardner returns to the track this weekend at Sachsenring, Germany 5-7 July.
MOTO2™ CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Thomas LUTHI (117 points)
- Alex MARQUEZ (111 points)
- Augusto FERNANDEZ (92 points)
- Jorge NAVARRO (89 points)
- Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (88 points)
- Luca MARINI (84 points)
- Marcel SCHROTTER (81 points)
- Brad BINDER (64 points)
- Enea BASTIANINI (56 points)
- Remy GARDNER (41 points)