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Gardner in Moto2™ hunt after Spanish Grand Prix

Monday, 20 July 2020

The Aussie is fifth in the Moto2™ standings.

Australia’s Remy Gardner remains in the hunt for the 2020 Moto2™ title, despite a challenging weekend at the Spanish GP.

Gardner struggled throughout the weekend due to the heat at Jerez, as the Moto2™ season resumed following an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team rider had difficultly finding grip on Saturday, he still managed to qualify 12th and was confident of putting up a fight in the race.

Gardner climbed four spots on the opening lap on Sunday, and ran as high as sixth at one point, before crossing the line at the end of a sweltering 23 laps in seventh place.

The 22-year-old Aussie is fifth in the Moto2™ standings, 25 points behind former teammate and Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima, who is now with Red Bull KTM Ajo.

“It was a really difficult weekend,” said Gardner. “I really struggled with the bike.

“We had the front working quite well but we were just missing so much rear grip compared to the others on Saturday.

“The heat is really affecting us, but we had a plan to try to solve it for the race.

“In the end we produced a good race and I am extremely happy with how it went. It could have been a lot worse.

“We are fifth in the Championship, but we need to think of a new plan and attack next week with a better race pace.

“Thanks as always to everyone for the support. On to the next one!”

The Moto2™ race was won by Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46), followed by Nagashima and Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

Garnder returns to the track next week for the Andalucia Grand Prix, again to be held at the Circuito de Jerez.

Moto2™ Standings
  1. Tetsuta NAGASHIMA - 45
  2. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI - 28
  3. Luca MARINI - 25
  4. Enea BASTIANINI - 23
  5. Remy GARDNER - 20